The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo has described the circumstances surrounding the death of journalist Samuel Wazizi as particular which poses a threat to the security of the country.
Joseph Beti Assomo was responding to a question posed by a Member of Parliament, Honourable Injo Foo Ngang Prudencia on Thursday, April at the Lower House of parliament.
“One of the representatives of the media, precisely Samuel Wazizi, the reporter, was first of all declared missing in August 2019 and subsequently declared dead through an official announcement by the Minister of Defence almost a year later. Another reporter, Njoka Kingsley has been remanded in custody for some months now with no hint of the reason for his indictment,” Honourable Njang Prudencia told the Minister of Defence in a question and answer session.
She challenged the Minister to reveal the measures taken to address the concerns of media professionals and the family of Samuel Wazizi as well as reasons for remanding Njoka Kingsley in custody.
Responding to the question, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said both cases are particular as he accused the two journalists of using their posiltions to commit crimes.
“The cases of Samuel Wazizi and Kingsley Njoka…are specific situations of journalists who have used their positions for aims that pose a threat to the country. As for the case of Samuel Wazizi whose real name is Samuel Abuwe Ajeika, he was arrested on 3rd August, 2019 in Ekona (South West Region), for cooperating with terrorists and complicity in acts of terrorism. After being transferred to Yaounde for investigations, he unfortunately died at the First Military Region Hospital as a result of severe sepsis as attested by the death certificate delivered by the hospital,” Joseph Beti Assomo said.
He further added that investigations are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding his death and only then can conclusions be drawn.