Signed on June 7 by the Cameroonian Minister of Defense, the decree went unnoticed. And yet, its content has something to challenge. He announces the forthcoming retirement of several senior officers, including that of Émile Joël Bamkoui, who is none other than the commander of the very dreaded Military Security Division (Semil). According le text, this gendarmerie colonel will reach retirement age on April 3, 2023. If he is not extended by President Paul Biya on this date, he will have to hand over the keys to his office to his deputy. A departure that would be anything but trivial, given the place that this master spy has acquired within the Cameroonian security apparatus.
Cameroon: spy chiefs, generals… Who is Paul Biya counting on to secure the CAN?
Émile Joël Bamkoui is courteous, discreet, disciplined but paradoxically, very controversial. Commander in the 2000s of units to fight against organized crime in Douala and Bafoussam, this man with the physique of a wrestler has a reputation for being trigger-happy. The affair that made an impression dates from 2008. Émile Joël Bamkoui was then squadron leader from camp of the Mboppi gendarmerie officers in Douala when, on the night of Thursday 13 to Friday 14 November 2008, he fired twelve times in the direction of a police inspector, Hervé Michel Ndjifon Mapouro. A few hours later, the victim succumbed to his injuries in the emergency room of Laquintinie hospital in Douala.
If I wanted to kill him, a single kick would have been enough, I am a black belt and a second dan au karate