Cameroon: Two persons arrested following the gruesome murder of Florence Ayafor in 2019

Two persons have been arrested in relation to the the inhumane treatment and killing of a 46-year-old prison wardress in Bamenda in September 2019, according to Cameroon’s state media. 

On Saturday the September 29, 2019, an amateur video went viral on social media depicting a gang of at least Nine (9) men, committing a gruesome act of torture and subsequent murder of the prison wardress.

The first two suspects involved in the act were Friday, July 10 presented to over 30 media houses, by Cameroon’s Defence Ministry. The two suspects from a gang of seven are 31-year old, Niba Innocent Akuma and 30-year old, Ngu Roger. 

Cameroon’s state media revealed that news of the arrest of these first two suspects was made known Sunday, July 5 by the spokesperson of Cameroon’s defence forces, Captain Cyril Atonfack.

Cameroon’s Military noted that before their arrest the suspects had been formally identified in a video showing the inhumane treatment of Florence Ayafor that went viral last year. 

The military equally revealed that they got help from local sources which eventually led to the arrest of the two accused murderers.

The procedure for their transfer to the department of military justice is on course for subsequent judicial proceedings.

Who was Florence Ayafor 

Florence Ayafor was a wardress, serving at the Bamenda Central Prison. The mother of three was identified and abducted while attending a funeral in Pinyin, a locality in the Santa sub Division, North-West Region of Cameroon. This gruesome act was committed by unidentified armed men, allegedly belonging to the separatist armed group in the restive region. 

Her perpetrators filmed her torture and killing, which went viral and drew outright condemnation from rights groups and the international community. In the video her killers could be seen pulling her naked through the road to the main junction where she was slain and her head chopped off with a machete.


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