South West: Some 99 Freed Detainees Go Home

Some 99 detainees remanded at the Buea Central Prison apparently appeared before the Buea Military Court without knowing their fate but suddenly burst into ululation and thunderous applauses when the Commissioner for the Government at the Military Court, Lieutenant Colonel Abou’ou Aka’a, read the order from the Presidency discontinuing all charges against them. The special court session on December 14, 2018, in Buea was at the back drop of instructions from the Presidency through the Minister Delegate at the Presidency incharge of Defense to discontinue all charges levied against 99 Cameroonians in the South West Region apprehended in connection to the Anglophone Crisis. The detainees were charged with acts of secession, terrorism, insurgence, kidnappings etc. Lieutenant Colonel Abou’ou cited in section 14 of the Military Justice Code which gives the Head of State powers to stop legal proceedings before judgment is delivered. The session that started at 1:13 pm and ended at 2:17 pm, saw the detainees answered present through a roll call. The President of the Buea Military Court, Colonel Ndjebeha Jeremie assisted by two other Judges, proceeded by calling the cases one after the other before dismissing them. Judge Colonel Ndjeheba told them that by stopping the procedures against them, they have not been offered immunity to return to their former ways. Rather that it is a moment for them to reflect on their lives and become good citizens.He urged them to return to their various residential areas and maintain peace and also be law abiding citizens. The Military Judge however warned that if they return to their former ways, fortune may not smile on them next time.

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