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Anglophone detainees need legal assistance: Agbor Nkongho

Prisoners who were arrested because of the Anglophone crisis need legal assistance according to Barrister Agbor Nkongho, who has been following up their situation.

Barrister Agbor Nkongho, Founder Centre for Human Rights and Democracy told Gina Informs that he visited Kondengui Principal Prison, Yaounde on Wednesday, January 12. It was one of his usual visits to meet all those detained in relation to the Anglophone crisis, access their conditions and provide much needed assistance.

“During the course of our various exchanges, several detainees insisted on the need for more legal assistance and representation both in and out of court.”

“Barrister Bernard Muna is leading and handling this enormous task, but with the increasing number of detainees and workload, it is an overwhelming challenge,” he added.

Barrister Agbor Nkongho appealed on Anglophone lawyers to join Barrister Bernard Muna inorder to reduce his work load.

“We will like to urge lawyers to join the Muna led team, in providing much required legal assistance while we continue putting advocacy pressure in calling for the unconditional release of all detainees.”

Now about the unending calls he and others have been making for the release of detainees, he spoke about the release of Dzelafen Delphine Kinyuy who was abducted from her residence in Kumba on October 1, 2017. She was arrested and detained by the military as they searched for her husband. Today she is a free woman.

He also spoke about Ahmed Abba, a journalist who worked as a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service who was arrested in July 2015 on charges of ”non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts.” Today he is a free man as well.

At least 162 Anglophones are in detention in prisons in Yaoundé alone, according to Barrister Agbor. Coming from the prison himself, he understands the plight of these prisoners who have been dragged to court and back many times but have not been liberated.

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