The Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji, addressed the recurrent assault on police officers in Cameroon during a press outing on Friday 10 September, in Yaounde.
He gave strict instructions to Governors of the 10 Regions of the country, to show no mercy towards defaulters of the law. “This irresponsible behaviour towards the police is unacceptable. It should be understood that the police is at the service of the population” Atanga Nji stated.
He explained that the Cameroonian police is a well structured and a well-organized corps, present at all levels of the Republic, Regions, Divisions and Subdivisions “day and night, the police work relentlessly to ensure the security of persons and their property” the Minister said, stressing that in the event of any disagreement between a police officer and an individual, the complaint should be addressed to the Police hierarchy.
“When the accusations against a police officer are founded, only the police hierarchy is empowered to apply sanctions against defaulting officers, in accordance with internal regulations of the corps and in line with the laws in force. No citizen or no person regardless of their social status for whatsoever reason, has the right to assault a police officer on duty” Minister Paul Atanga Nji continued.
He warned that any individual caught assaulting a police officer, shall face the heavy arm of the law and there will be no need trying to escape.