Former Cameroonian defense minister, Mebe Ngo’o in jail

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Cameroon’s former Minister of Defense, Edgard-Alain Mebe Ngo’o and some close associates of his, including Mbangue Maxime, Lieutenant-colonel Mboutou Ghislain Joel and Victor Menye, were on Tuesday March 5, 2019 transferred to Kondengui Central Prison after appearing before the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde.

Minister Edgard who is said to have been grilled for hours on charges of gross embezzlement of state funds was ordered to be retained in custody.

Local media reports that Mebe Ngo’o faces charges in relation to an investigation opened against him one year ago. The former Defense Minister is accused of a series of overcharging of equipment intended to equip the Cameroonian army that was purchased from French arms supplier, MagForce.

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The former Defense Minister and Transport Minister is under investigation for arms purchase deal dating back to 2010.

On January 31, 2019 Mebe Ngo’o alongside his wife and some of his close collaborators were barred from travelling out of Cameroon.

The Minister’s wife, Minja Nkoulou épouse Mebe Ngo’o Bernadette and their two sons are today March 6, expected to appear before the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde to answer for their involvement in the alleged embezzlement charge.

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