The solemn event at the Yaoundé Advanced Police College was chaired by the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguelle in the presence of mournful family members, friends of the deceased, the cream of the police corps as well as other dignitaries.
The remains of the fallen police officers – Temga Gabriel, Ngome Lewis, Djekai Guy and Dibwe Essoh – were coffined and the caskets dressed with the national colours.
They were posthumously decorated with honorary distinctions on behalf of the Command-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Head of State President Paul Biya by the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguelle.
Military honours followed at the Yaoundé Advanced Police College as the fallen police officers were hailed for paying the supreme price for the state.
Martin Mbarga Nguele said the deceased were young officers who were duty conscious, brave and virtuous. “They merit by all standards the homage they have been given today. The supreme sacrifice that they have paid will not go in vain.”
The Police Boss said the killings will in no way deter them from the determination to restore law and order nationwide. He said the architects of the death of these valiant forces will not go unpunished.
Senior Police Constable Temga Gabriel, First Grade Police Constables Ngome Bertrand Lewis, Dibwe Essoh Melvin and 19-year-old Djekai Guy who served at the Central Command Unit of the Mobile Intervention Regiment were on assignment in the South West Region.
They were killed on June 15, 2019 in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device placed on the road by armed separatist fighters on the Eyumokock-Otu stretch of road in Manyu Division.
In a communiqué on June 15, 2019, Communication Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi said four officers of the National Police Force died while six others were wounded.
On the instructions of the Head of State President Paul Biya, the victims were airlifted and attended to at the Douala Military Hospital.