Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday.

The General and his team were on a mission to track down Boko Haram insurgents.

According to a statement issued by the Commission, Kodji was one of senior officials playing a leading role in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, whose atrocities have caused thousands of refugees and millions of internally displaced persons, as well as widespread destruction in the Lake Chad Basin area.

Paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic incident, the Chairperson noted that Kodji's valour, professionalism, and determination in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency was exemplary.

"He will always be remembered for his vital contribution to the efforts of the Multinational Joint Task Force comprising of the Lake Chad Basin states, plus Benin, which is engaged in combating the Boko Haram in the region," the statement said.

Also the AUC Chairperson has paid her condolences to the families of General Kodji and other military personnel that lost their lives in the tragedy.

She expressed her "deepest commiseration to the Government and people of Cameroon for these huge losses", the statement said, noting that the demise of the victims was "a sacrifice that has left an indelible mark in the search for peace and security in the region".
-0- PANA AR/MA 24Jan2017

24 january 2017 11:51:43

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