A relative to Rev. Tangem Thomas has announced his death on social media.
The catholic monk who was arrested in Mile 16, Buea in July 2017, has not yet been charged. He is one of the many English speaking Cameroonians whose court cases are ongoing at the Military Tribunal in Yaoundé.
“Woke up this morning to the painful exit of my uncle Tangem Thomas Nganyu to the land of no return. I am pained because I’ll never see you again but at peace because you have gone to rest. You are free from chains and every pain it came with. You were chained even on your dying bed. Go well my father. Rest in the lord,” his niece Nadege Tamfu shared on Facebook.
Rev. Father Tangem Thomas died this morning in a hospital in Yaounde, still handcuffed to a hospital bed. Images of him cuffed to a bed have been circulated on social media for days.
The Horizon, an English newspaper in Cameroon shared a story about him in cuffs and admitted at the Military hospital in the capital, adding that the “New Superintendent had been sued for ordering chaining of sick anglophone detainee.”
According to sources familiar with the matter the cuffs were not taken off and he died in them this Wednesday, August 5.
In May 2019, Human Rights Watch called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately stop the ill-treatment of prisoners in detention facilities.