Cameroon as a nation has paid homage to Lieutenant-Colonel Beltus Kwene, Captain Emmanuel Yari and four other soldiers who died in battle in different combat operations against the terrorist group Boko Haram in the Far North Region of Cameroon.
The military parade to pay homage to fallen colleagues ushered in the caskets of the six soldiers at the esplanade of the Military Head Quarters Brigade in Yaounde provoked weeping and mourning amongst relatives.Colleagues, family members, friends and sympathisers could not hold their tears as the casckets of the young and brave soldiers preceded their photographs at the esplanade.
The caskets of each of the fallen soldiers was covered with the national flag and were placed side by side infront of a waving national flag, illustrative of the recognition of their bravery in the fight against the barbaric acts of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The soldiers were part of the Apha and Emergence 4 operations deployed in the Far North region as Cameroon’s contribution to the Multi National Joint Task Force to weedout the terrorists.
Cameroon’s most senior officer who died in the combat operations against Boko Haram, Lieutenant-Colonel Beltus Kwene was commander of the Rapid Intervention Batalion (BIR) for the south zone of operations in Kolofata in the Mayo Sava dividion. He died at the age of 39 from wounds sustained after his vehicle was hit by a land mine after a successful operation againt the terrorist.
Lieutenant-Colonel Beltus Kwene was posthumously decorated with the Cross of Valour of the Cameroon Military. He was decorated by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence on behalf of the Head of State.Captaine Emmanuel Pipwoh Yari died on 11th february 2016 at the age of 31, during an operatiion carried out by Cameroon’s special forces in Ngoshe on Nigerian territory under the auspices of the Multi National Joint Task Force to fight Boko Haram. The Captain and the other four soldiers also received medals of valiance post humously.