Rural Border Patrols: US Experts Drill Elite Gendarme, Police Units

A two-month training course ended in the Mbankomo shooting range, near Yaounde on August 11, 2016.

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Military experts from the United States of America have shared rural border patrol skills with twenty three elements from the National Gendarmerie’s elite Multipurpose Intervention Group (GPIGN) and the National Police Force. The trainees received their end-of-course certificates on August 11, 2016 at GPIGN’s shooting range in the Mbankomo locality, near Yaounde in the presence of the Director of Central Coordination of the National Gendarmerie, Brigadier General Elokobi Daniel Ndjock who represented the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie.

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The major highlight of the event was the “dynamic” demonstration exercise by the trainees who simulated a foiled planned terrorist attack on four strategic places in Yaounde from a Boko Haram base in the Mbankomo neighbourhood. In effect, a counter-operation enabled an arms supplier and three accomplices from the armed group to be followed, intercepted, neutralised and their arms cache raided thanks to the efficiency of raid, reconnaissance and interception units backed by a central crisis command unit.

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Amazed at the effectiveness of the exercise like other senior Gendarmerie and Police officers present, General Elokobi instructed the trainees to daily use the skills acquired to be really operational in border areas. He also hailed the US for the continuing multifarious technical military assistance to boost the capacity of Cameroon’s defence and security forces in the fight against Boko Haram. On his part, the Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Yaounde, Stewart Wilson used the opportunity to reaffirm his country’s commitment to continue assisting the National Gendarmerie and the National Police Force to perform their role in fighting terrorism in Cameroon.

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