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Former Cameroon Ruling Party MP Arrested For Complicity With Boko Haram

A former member of parliament of Cameroon’s ruling party, the Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM), has been arrested for complicity with the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Blama Malla, is being held in the Mora gendarmerie brigade in the Mayo-Sava division of the Far North Region.

“The former CPDM parliamentarian is being interrogated by gendarmes for colluding with the Boko Haram terrorist sect,” a security source told HumAngle on Wednesday.

“It all started with the arrest in Kolofata of a certain Talba who is a nephew of the former parliamentarian. At the time of his arrest by members of the Kolofata vigilante group, the suspect was leading a herd of 10 cattle he said he bought at Meme with his final destination being Nigeria.”

“During the course of his interrogation, the suspect Talba, known in the Kerawa locality as a member of the vigilance committee, admitted that the cattle were destined for elements of the Boko Haram terrorist sect adding that he was taking them to Nigeria on the instructions of the former member of parliament who is currently the Vice President of the CPDM permanent commission in Mayo-Sava as well as member of the Central Committee of the CPDM, Blama Malla,” another security source declared.

The two men, Blama Malla and his nephew Talba were consequently arrested and are currently being interrogated at the Mora territorial brigade of the national gendarmerie.

It should be recalled that two years ago, the President of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yegue Djibril, announced during a parliamentary session that there were members of Boko Haram seated as representatives of the people in the august chamber. 

When asked to name the said Boko Haram terrorists who were members of parliament, Hon. Djibril said he would not. 

Members of the public have since been reminding him to name the Boko Haram parliamentarians he was talking of but he remains adamant that he would not name and shame them publicly.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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