Ahmed Abba has been released from prison on Friday, December 22nd. The RFI Hausa correspondent in Cameroon was accused of terrorism after he covered the activities of Boko Haram in the north of the country. On Thursday, he was acquitted of the grievous crime by the military court in Yaoundé, but was sentenced to 24 months in prison for “non-denunciation”, a sentence he already covered during his period of detention.
Ahmed Abba had to spend 29 months in detention in Cameroon, but the journalist was released on Friday night.
“I’m very happy, I’m really, very happy to be free on Christmas Eve.” Ahmed Abba told the RFI. “I am currently in a hotel with my boss Yves Rocle, my lawyers and my colleague Polycarpe Essomba. It’s a Christmas present. The RFI family did a lot for me, they supported me a lot. The international and Cameroonian press committees supported me a lot. Their support kept me going on.”
The RFI Hausa correspondent in northern Cameroon, was arrested in July 2015 in Maroua, where he was covering the crisis related to Boko Haram group.
Sentenced in 2016 to ten years in prison for “laundering of terrorist acts”, Ahmed Abba was acquitted on Thursday by the Yaoundé military court. He is now a freeman.