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Gen. Mambou Deffo Laid To Rest 

By Lindi Agbor
The remains of the fallen Inspector General at the National Gendarmerie, Gen. Roland Mambou Deffo, have been laid to rest in his native Baham Village, in the Upper Plateau Division, West Region.
The General, who died at 76, was accorded a State burial over the weekend, after a church service and military honours at the Baham Municipal Stadium.
The ceremony was chaired by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence in charge of National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptist Bokam, who was also the personal representative of the Head of State, President Paul Biya at the funeral.
Hundreds of dignitaries from within and without, including several members of Government and other senior State officials flooded the town of Baham to pay their last respect to General.
The church service was co-officiated by Pastors from Eglise Evangelique du Cameroon and Marie Ducker Parish in Yaounde, where the deceased used to worship.
In the many eulogies that followed, the multi -faceted and multi-dimensional nature of the late General was highlighted.
They presented him as a man with a high sense of duty, humble, generous,full of initiative, authority, encouragement, among other qualities.
The deceased, also fondly called ‘Papa Mambou’ by many, was a keen practising Christian of the Eglise Presbytérien du Cameroun, while his rich social nature was revealed by representatives of some prestigious social groups, such as the group, Sociale des Trente, represented by Hon. Albert Kouinche and the Baham Social Committee, represented by Dr. Clement Kouam. He was equally strongly attached to his cultural values, which earned him the prestigious title, ‘Wabo Souop Sa’ Do’ which is among the highly graded notables of his land.
In a funeral oration, read by General Roland Engouan, it was revealed that the late General had been part of all important events in Cameroon for the past 56 years of his career.
Gen. Mambou Deffo was presented as a great figure that was being buried by the entire Cameroonian nation, whose President, Paul Biya, extended condolences to the bereaved family through the SDO for the Upper Plateau Division, Luc Ndongo. In the condolence message, the Head of State recognised a hardworking officer who has contributed enormously to Cameroon`s armed forces, adding that, due to his hard work, he earned the confidence of his hierarchy and served a long career in the Gendarmerie corps.

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