6 Months on; The Balance sheet of General Nka Valere and Ekongwese Divine

Installation of the Generals on December 24, 2019

June 24, 2019 to June 24, 2020, marks exactly half a year since Brigadier General Nka Valere and Ekongwese Divine were installed as commanders of the 5th Joint military region and 5th gendarmerie region respectively.

Since the duo took over command, they have frequently been on the field to carryout their activities and the results of this, are enormous both on and off the field.

On the early hours of March 8, 2020, separatist fighters on two separate attacks killed at least eight persons (including military) with many others injured in Galim. General Nka Valere and Ekongwese Divine visited the locality on March 18, to encourage the soldiers and also map out strategies to prevent future attacks.

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After leading a 350-man delegation of the forces of law and order to the Ngoketunjia Division, Colonel Matiang Charles Alain, on March 18, 2020, presented to the Generals items including guns, military equipments (uniforms, helmets, handcuffs), flying boats, canoes, mobile phones, bags of canabies, generators which they ceased during their raid in Ngoketunjia. The items were presented in Bangourain, Noun Division, West region Cameroon.

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Some days after, the military raided the division again and inflicted huge material damage on the separatist fighters and killing the self proclaimed 'General No Pity'.

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Prior to the North West region recording its first Coronavirus case, Gen. Nka Valere and Gen. Ekongwese Divine were in the field to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus within the military.  The two generals visited the regional military hospital and GMI hospital in Bamenda. At every stop, they were briefed on the measures taken.

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On two separate operations dubbed "Operation Bafut 1 and Bafut 2", the Cameroon military regain control of the Saddle Hill Ranch in Bafut, used by the  separatist fighters as their camp. During raid, 15 separatist fighters were killed and several items collected from them including a Toyota Fortuna Car.

Gen. Nka Valere and Gen. Ekongwese Divine visited Bafut to see things for themselves. They also went to the Bafut Fons Palace, where rumours had circulated on the social media that the palace had been destroyed by the military.

During "Operation Bafut 2", the military invaded the residence of "general Aladji" and his two daughters taken, while a truck belonging to the Bafut Council was also collected.

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On May 22, 2020, the Legion commander of the North West, Colonel Boum Bissoue Raymond, handed over the stolen Toyota Fortuna vehicle recovered from separatists fighters during one of its operations in Bafut to its owner.

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After handing over the vehicle, Colonel Boum Bissoue Raymond equally presented to the press 45 bags of Marijuana impounded in Tubah subdivision by a control team.

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The latest operation was dubbed Operation 'Widi-Bali'. This came after separatist fighters had blocked the Bamenda-Mamfe highway. During the five days operation, some 13 separatist fighters were killed and others injured while one gendarme officer was also killed.

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With just six months at the helm of the 5th Joint Military region and the 5th Gendarmerie region, Brigadier General Nka Valere and Brigadier General Ekongwese Divine have definitely left an indelible mark in their efforts to being back peace to the North West region. 

Brigadier General Nka Valere is a graduate of EMIA Yaounde from the "Martin Paul Samba" batch. He took over from Brigadier General Agha Robinson, transfered to the 3rd military region in Garoua.

On his part, Brigadier General Ekongwese Divine is a graduate of the same school from the "6 November 1982" batch. He took over from Brigadier General Essoh Jules Cesar, transfered to the 4th Gendarmerie region in Maroua.

By Nji Nelson Chefor and Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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