On his way to Garoua for duty on 27 June 2023, Adamaoua Gendarmerie Legion Commander Jean Pierre Kagombé Keffiéné was the victim of a fatal accident on National Road 1.
Jean Pierre Kagombé Keffiéné is dead
The news hit the Adamaoua region like a sledgehammer. Colonel Jean Pierre Kagombé Keffiéné died at the age of 50. The commander of the Adamaoua gendarmerie legion and his driver died at around 6am on 27 June 2023 in a fatal accident on the Ngaoundéré-Garoua road, not far from a place called Carrefour Poli. The Commander of the Adamaoua Gendarmerie Legion was on his way to a security meeting in the capital of the North Region.
In the meantime, his offices were sealed off by the Vina company commander. This has added to the gloomy atmosphere at the legion, where its members were hoping for a miraculous turnaround in the situation.
The death of Colonel Jean Pierre Kagombé Keffiéné is a huge loss, according to the Governor of the Adamaoua region, where banditry and hostage-taking had made their bed before the arrival of the late Colonel: “We were saddened to hear the news, because he was an excellent collaborator, and since he has been there, there has been an interesting offensive against the phenomenon of highway robbers and hostage-taking.” said Kildadi Taguiéké Boukar told our CRTV colleagues.
At his home, tears filled the air. People and brothers in arms took turns to console the widow and orphans who were inconsolable with the unexpected departure of Jean Pierre Kagombé Keffiéné.
The National Gendarmerie’s press release states that “he was one of the close collaborators of the Secretary of State to the Minister of Defence, in charge of the National Gendarmerie, occupying the post of Head of the General Affairs Division at the National Gendarmerie from 2019 to 2021, the year of his appointment as head of the Adamaoua Gendarmerie Legion; a post he held until his death”, we learn.