Paul Biya in a note on September 15, sanctioned eight police officers by downgrading them to lower ranks for a myriad of reasons.
These range from abandonment of post, failure to pay rents, private debts, distraction, sale of a motorbike of dubious origin, loss of a service weapon with 13 ammunitions, extortions.
These sanctions come within context recurrent clashes between civilians and police men on the streets of major Cameroon towns like Yaounde and Douala.
Prior to the presidential note, on September 10, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji swarned that Cameroonians who abused men in uniform would be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Penal Code.
Atanga Nji cautioned civilians to follow legal channels in case a police officer abuses his position.
The Minister of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo on September 14, in the same vein promised hard times for civilians who show lack of respect to army officers.
This was during a ceremony to send the 8th badge of the peace keeping mission to the Central African Republic.