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Cameroon: Paul Biya orders investigations into Wazizi’s death

The Head of State Paul Biya has ordered investigations into the death of journalist Samuel Wazizi, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo has said.

He revealed the information on Thursday, April 1 during a question and answer session at the National Assembly. He was quizzed by Honourable Injo Foo Ngang Prudencia on the circumstances surrounding the death of the journalist and what the Ministry of Defence is doing to protect journalists in the North West and South West Regions.

Responding to the question, Joseph Beti Assomo accused Wazizi of using his position as a journalist to pose a threat to the state before he was arrested.

However, he died in Yaounde after he was arrested and transported for further investigations, Beti Assomo said adding that the Head of State has ordered investigations into the death of the journalist.

“Following his death which caused serious agitations within the media, an investigation was opened on the high instructions of the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces in order to determine the circumstances surrounding this tragic event. Conclusions of the said investigations are still awaited. It will therefore be inappropriate to give a hasty or harmful response before the said findings are made public.

In August 2020, the Ministry of Defence announced Samuel Wazizi had died of severe sepsis but jourlism associations pressed for further investigations surrounding his death.

After an audience with the Head of State, French Ambassador to Cameroon Christophe Guilhou said he had called on Paul Biya to order investigations into the death of Samuel Wazizi.

Published on 03.01.2023

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