148 detainees benefit from presidential clemency in South West

NEWS 08 Oct 2019
148 detainees benefit from presidential clemency in South West

By IKOME CHRISTIE-NOELLA EPOSI
Following a Presidential decree signed by the head of states to discontinue the cases of some 333 inmates arrested for their supposed involvement in the Anglophone crisis in the South West and North West regions, some one hundred and forty-eight persons including two females who were arrested in the South West have been set free. They were released on October 4, 2019, in Buea during a court session at the Military Tribunal.

Inmates jubilating following their release

Inmates jubilating following their release

Few minutes after his release, one of the detainees thanked the President for the merciful gesture to them. “I am thanking the President for such a gesture to us. I am going home to invite my friends to come out from the bushes. I know that if they come out nothing will happen to them”.
To the President of the Buea Military Tribunal Colonel Mem Michael, “They (released inmates) have learnt a lot and hopefully they will join to build a better nation.”
On his part, Frederic Poh Boule, EMIA Commissioner of Government told reporters that the release of the prisoners is a measure to solve the Anglophone crisis while appreciating the measure taken by the Head of State.
The Secretary General of the South West Governor’s Office Dr. Mohammadou has cautioned the released inmates not to go back to the activities they were doing prior to their arrests. “Let them go now to their respective communities to preach the message of peace and tolerance, the message of living together.”

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