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Alain Edgard Mebe Ngo’o, Cameroon’s ex-minister of defense, was in police custody Tuesday in the capital Yaounde over corruption charges, according to official sources at Cameroon’s Special Criminal Court that hears corruption cases in the country.

“He was grilled by one of the judges at the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde all day. After the interrogation, the judge decided to keep him under police custody. His arrest has not been ordered yet but he is likely to be arrested anytime soon,” Barrister Emmanuel Jean Claude Atangana who witnessed the interrogation told Xinhua.

The court also ordered two army officers, Ghislain Victor Mboutou and Maxime Leonard Mbangue, to be held by the police. They along with Ngo’o’s wife Bernadette Mebe Ngo’o are expected to be grilled on Wednesday.

In early February, the court imposed travel restrictions on the former minister, his wife, and the two aforementioned army officers, banning them from leaving the country “till further notice.”

They are being investigated on allegations that they were involved in bribery and corruption over the purchase of military equipment from Magforce, a French company that sells a full range of military clothing, equipment and vehicles.

Ngo’o served in Cameroonian government as defense minister from 2009 to 2015, making him one of the longest serving defense ministers in the country. He was sacked from the government in 2017 after serving as minister of transport from 2015-2017. Enditem

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