The funeral of Marthe Angéline Minja, the former head of the Investment Promotion Agency (API), has been officially postponed due to a court order and an investigation into her death.
Minja, 72, died on December 28, 2023, and her funeral was originally scheduled for February 1-3. However, in a memo to API staff dated February 1, the acting director general said the ceremony had been postponed due to "a court order and a requisition from the national gendarmerie's Central Judicial Research Department."
A separate document seen by SBBC, signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Dieudonné Bialo, head of the gendarmerie unit, instructed the Yaoundé General Hospital to hold onto Minja's remains "until otherwise decided." This suggests an investigation is underway.
The development comes as a surprise following Minja's sudden death, which was initially not suspected to be criminal. However, sources say judicial authorities are now looking into the possibility of murder. No official communication has been made by the authorities on the case.
Minja, appointed in 2010, was the first director-general of the API, which was created five years before.