To enhance security and fight against crime in remote areas, the Secretary of State for Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Galax Etoga, announced that Cameroon will deploy more Gendarmerie units this year.
Etoga made the announcement at the Gendarmerie's New Year ceremony on January 30th but did not specify the exact number of new units planned. He emphasized the focus on bolstering security in remote regions.
According to the gendarmerie, improved territorial coverage will enable units to fight more effectively against organized crime and drug trafficking that affect even remote areas. In December, gendarmes in Kye-Ossi, located in the South region, seized 13 kilograms of Indian hemp during a search. Shortly after the new year, the Mbalmayo brigade in the Centre region apprehended a suspect accused of raping and killing a young girl.
To further support its expansion plans, the Gendarmerie will also hold a recruitment drive in March. The force seeks 3,000 student gendarmes, 300 non-commissioned officer cadets with a general service option, and 40 non-commissioned officer cadets with a military health option.
Michel Ange Nga