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Cameroon: Gov’t says arrested separatist leaders are in good health

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s Communication Minister has revealed that separatist leaders who were arrested over three months ago in Nigeria and bundled to Yaounde, are all in good health.

Minister Bakary made the remark during an interview RFI English granted him recently.

“All of them are doing very well, all of them are in very good health, all of them are enjoying whatever is enshrined in our constitution,”

“Which means that in case any need be, as far as the health is concerned, they receive all doctors or anyone who is capable of addressing the problem that they are confronted with.

“But I would like to emphasize the fact that whatever is taking place right now is being done in accordance with our law and penal court procedure,” the Minister said.

The group of over 40 persons, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, leader of the self-proclaimed interim government of Ambazonia, were arrested in Nigeria at the start of January. Since their arrest and consequent deportation, many lawyers and international rights groups have been taking turns to condemn government’s actions against the detainees. Some pundits hold that their lawyers have not been given access to their clients.

Minister Bakary has however refuted such allegations on several occasions by saying that whatever processes are ongoing are within the laws of the country. Bakary blames the separatists for being the brain behind all the chaos that has and continues to rock the country’s Anglophone regions.  Her him; “They’re engineering, they’re masterminding all what is taking place in the country – assassinations, burning public institutions – you cannot imagine the kind of ordeal our population are submitted to in the northwest and southwest, and they are at the helm,” .

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