Meet the Cameroonian general, colonel who died in helicopter crash (photos)

Meet the Cameroonian general, colonel who died in helicopter crash (photos)

On Sunday, January 22, at least four Cameroonian soldiers, including a general who was coordinating the fight against Nigerian Boko Haram terrorists, died in a helicopter crash.

They were found dead in a helicopter crash on between koudjiga and madide in the arrondissement of BOGO.

The officers involved in the crash are identified as Brigadier General Jacob Kodji, his door-Pennon, Colonel Kameni, Commander of the 4th region of gendarmerie, and Lieutenant Brice Chinda, pilot.

General Jacob Kodji, was the boss of "operation emergence 4", one of the operations deployed on the ground in the fight against Boko Haram.

Kodgi is the first Cameroonian general to die in the battle against Boko Haram, whose insurgency has spread across the border into Cameroon, Chad and Niger as the militants have been pushed out of their strongholds in northeastern Nigeria.

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Below are photos of the general and three others that died in the crash:

Meet the Cameroonian soldiers who died in helicopter crash

Brigadier General Jacob Kodji

Meet the Cameroonian soldiers who died in helicopter crash

Brigadier General Jacob Kodji

Meet the Cameroonian soldiers who died in helicopter crash

Colonel Kameni, Commander of the 4th region of gendarmerie, and Lieutenant Brice Chinda (pilot)

The late General Kodji was a native of Mogodé in Mayo-Tsanaga, a border town with Nigeria. Elected among a multitude of colonels in the Region, he was the youngest of all the Cameroon army Generals.

Kodji who graduated from the Yaounde military academy in 1983, was promoted on August the 13th, 2015 by the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces, the 83 year old Paul Biya.

He was later on installed by the then Minister for Defense, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o as the head of the 4th Joint Military Region (4th RMIA) on the 17th of August 2015, in Maroua.

Source: Naij.com

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