By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Cameroon’s main separatist leader, currently serving a life jail sentence at the Kondengui Principal Prison, a maximum-security detention facility in the country’s capital, Yaounde has slammed the Central African country for causing the death of a jailed journalist.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, President of Ambazonia, an outlawed country rebels are battling to create in Cameroon’s North West and South West described an account of the death of the journalist by Cameroonian authorities as outrageous.
“The #Cameroun Govt’s Communique on Wazizi’s murder is just outrageous & affirms their stock-in-trade. Waizizi’s case is just 1 in 000s of #Ambazonians murdered and hidden in the same manner. As we demand #JusticeForWazizi, perpetrators should know there is a day of reckoning @UN_HRC,” he tweeted.
Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe nicknamed Samuel Wazizi was declared dead after ten months of arrest on undisclosed charges that authorities say are related to an armed conflict in the country’s two English-speaking regions.
Privately-owned Equinoxe TV, headquartered in Douala, an economic fulcrum in the Central African country’s Littoral Region said in its Tuesday 8 PM News that an authoritative source disclosed the journalist died in the country’s capital from injuries resulting from his arrest few days in detention.
This has since caused outrage among several journalists and rights preachers who are now running a popular social media campaign dubbed #Justice4Wazizi. This has seen gone viral.
The Cameroon Government admitted, Friday, June 5, 2020, the jailed Anglophone Journalist died. He died from severe sepsis since August 17, 2019, Col. Cyrille Serge Atonfack, Defense Ministry spokesperson said on state radio.
Wazizi was a pidgin news anchor for a popular show, “Halla Ya Matta”. His legal team said he was accused of collaborating with separatists and spreading separatist information, an offense punishable under the country’s anti-terrorism law.
In a statement on August 6, 2019, Chillen Muzik and TV (CMTV), a privately-owned network based in Buea, the capital city of the country’s restive South West Region where the victim worked for until his arrest said Wazizi was arrested by the Muea police.
The statement adds that Wazizi was arrested at 11:00 AM on August 2, 2019, under the guise he was being invited by their boss who needed information on a certain news item.
Cameroon has been battling to contain an armed conflict in its North West and South West now in its third year where rebels are battling to establish the new state of Ambazonia.
At least, 14000 people have so far been killed in battles and military raids with over 400 villages burnt down. Thousands are held across various detention facilities. Over two million remain displaced as refugees and IDPs since the beginning of the crisis in 2016.