It was a black Friday, on the 11th of March 2016 in Yaounde the Political Capital of Cameroon, as the nation paid tributes to Lieutenant -Colonel Beltus Kwene, Captain Emmanuel Yari and four other brave soldiers who fell in the battle field on different fronts, while defending the nation against the Nigeria Islamist terrorist group.
Government dignitaries, relatives, friends, colleagues, well wishers and sympathisers burst into loud wailings, as the Military Parade ushered the caskets into the esplanade of the Military Head Quarters in Yaounde.
The ceremony was presided by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, in the presence of top military officers, colleagues of the soldiers parents, relatives and friends.
Eulogies to pay hommage to the fallen heroes was read by Colonel Joseph Nouma, Commander of Operation Alpha, who presented the six heroes as, “heroes of modern times just like all those who at the sound of the clairon stood against the nightmarish islamist". He also promised that their sacrifices will not be in vain
39 years old Lieutenant-Colonel Beltus Kwene, Commander of the Rapid Intervention Batallion(BIR) for the South Zone of operations in Kolofata was the most senior of the late heroes, who were all part of the Alpha and Emergence 4 operations deployed in the Far North region of Cameroon's contribution to the multi National Joint Task Force to combat the terrosists. He was post humously decorated by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence on behalf of the Head of State, with the Cross of Valour of the Cameroon Military.
Captain Emmanuel Pipwoh Yari who died on Feb. 11 2016 at the age of 31, in an operatiion carried out by Cameroon’s special forces in Ngoshe on the Nigerian territory under the Multi National Joint Task Force to fight Boko Haram, recieved medals of vaillance post humously alongside the four other soldiers .
The caskets of each of the fallen heroes were covered with the national flag and placed side by side infront of a waving national flag, to illustrate their bravery in the fight against the insurgent Boko Haram group.
At the sorrow march rythm of the military band, the caskets were conveyed out of the Military Head Quarters for burial in their respective villages