FECAFOOT bans Unisport president for life

The FECAFOOT Ethics Committee has banned the now-former Unisport of Haut-Nkam president, Donald Ngameni, from all football activities in Cameroon for life.

His lifetime suspension came after Cameroonian midfielder, Jean-Paul Makasso, who plays for FC Rodange in Luxembourg, filed a complaint against the club owner.

Makasso accused the president of fraud. In early August, several reports indicated that the Unisport FC boss had collected two million FCFA from the player, promising him a place in the national team.

In the complaint filed at the FECAFOOT Ethics Committee, the player asked for a refund from the club official.

The accusations submitted by the footballer have been deemed “founded” by the Ethics Committee.

The body has declared Donald Ngameni guilty of violating the general code of conduct as well as involvement in corruption in violation of article 13 line 1 and 3, and article 21 line 1 of the code of ethics of FECAFOOT.

Besides his life ban, Ngameni will pay the sum of 10,000,000 FCFA. He has ten days to appeal the ruling, after which the decision will be considered permanent, the Ethics Committee noted.

However, there are challenges to the Ethics Committee’s decision after the Court of Arbitration for Sports in a recent decision said the body was illegally constituted, demanding Fecafoot to reinstate members of the former committee.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Bamenda: Suspected killers of Police Commissioner, arrested

Security sources in Bamenda, North West region, say four men suspected of having a hand in the killing of Mr Assilas, the Commissioner of Police Special Branch in Bamenda II sub-division recently, have been arrested.

Same security sources say the four suspects were arrested for interrogation but they pleaded not guilty.

Their arrest comes after several young men reportedly ran out of the Ntamulung neighborhood following the death of the Commissioner for fear of being arrested or executed in a raid that has become common in the restive Anglophone regions.

The source added that security forces are leaving no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to book.

Commissioner Assilas described as a good, simple, and friendly police commissioner was killed on August 31st while in civilian attire, as he was using the Ngeng junction – Ntamulung to the Sonac street stretch of road because of maintenance works along the Ngeng – veterinary junction road.

Assilas was driving from Up-station where he lived to his office at the old council building at Ntarikon Bamenda II, that fateful day when gunmen known to be separatist fighters attacked and killed him.

He passed away while being rushed to the Mbingo Hospital at Finance Junction.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Gendarmerie intensifies road safety campaigns for back-to-school

A National Gendarmerie road safety campaign has been launched on National Road Number 1 connecting the Adamawa region to Garoua, Maroua, and Kousseri.

This is in a bit to limit road accidents during this period of back-to-school

“It is due to repeated accidents on this La Falaise du Mbe and also the start of the academic year that hierarchy tasked us to conduct this road safety control to avoid overloading, reckless driving, over speeding and accidents”. Said Squadron Commander, Messi.

Apart from these, they are also authorized to sensitize road users to respect driving codes, be in possession of driver’s licenses, have good brakes, and ensure their vehicles and tires are in a good state.

” We have noticed that some accidents on this national road number 1 occur as a result of brake failure and worn-out tires. Even the state of the vehicle itself. We are out to check that and impound such vehicles. We can’t continue to risk the lives of civilians.” the Squadron Commander added.

Some passengers hailed this initiative wishing it would last long given that their security would be guaranteed until they arrive at their destinations.

“What these gendarmes are doing is very right. It will certainly permit the security of passengers and their safe arrival to their various destinations. I have no problem with it.” A passenger onboard a bus lauded.

Another passenger differs from gendarmes point of view that accidents are solely caused by reckless driving, poor brakes as well as bad state of vehicles and tires, evoking the deplorable state of the national road number 1.

“This road is hectic to access. You cannot travel to Mora, Maroua Kousseri, Garoua, and Ngaoundere in a flexible manner. The journey is tedious and costly. Let the government redo this road. It’s a nightmare”. The passenger said furiously.

The population as a whole has been urged to collaborate with the road safety control agents for flexible and safe transport.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Cameroonian economist Christian Ebeke appointed IMF Representative in Nigeria

The Cameroonian economist Christian Ebeke, 40 has been appointed as the new International Monetary Fund, IMF representative in Nigeria. He will officially take office in October 2023.

Christian Ebeke replaces the Brazilian Ari Aisen, who has held the position since 2018.

He has previously served as Deputy Division Chief for Macroeconomic Policies in the IMF’s Strategy Department since June 2022 where he played a role in analyzing and guiding the economic policies of various countries, spanning from highly developed nations to emerging economies and those still in development.

He focused on the economies of African countries such as Mauritania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before then, he was the Deputy Director at the IMF’s Europe Office, where he was the resident economist overseeing matters related to the Eurozone and Poland.

After he was appointed IMF representative in Nigeria, on September 1, 2023, he took to his Twitter page and reacted by saying,

“A new adventure, new heavy responsibilities, and lessons I will learn for my beautiful country, Cameroon,”

Christian Ebeke has published several papers on a wide range of topics, including structural reforms, macroeconomic stability, international finance, fiscal policy, governance, and international migration. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Auvergne in France and joined the International Monetary Fund in 2011.

Source: Cameroon News Agency