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Lawyers speak up against Agbor Balla’s detention in Port Harcourt

Barrister Felix Agbor "Balla", detained President of the banned consortium

Some Cameroonian lawyers have spoken against what they decided as the illegal abduction, arrest and detention Felix Agbor Balla Nkongho, a human rights lawyer and Vice-Chairman of the Central African chapter of the African Bar Association, AFBA.

Speaking to The Nation, this weekend at the African Bar Association (AFBA) conference, in Port Harcourt, the lawyers claimed Nkongho’s arrest and detention were the height of dictatorship by the oppressive regime of President Paul Biya.

“We are demonstrating here simply because the Vice-President of the AFBA for West Africa, Mr.  Felix Agbor Nkongho was abducted or kidnapped since January 17, 2017, because there was no warrant for his arrest.

“He was ferried over night to Yaoundé and since then, he has been languishing in Kondengui prison,   the dungeon which is one of the most dreaded prisons of the government of Cameroun known as a detention camp, on the trumped up charges that if he is convicted, he would pay the ultimate price for an offence which does not even exist, but in Cameroonian law.

“He is charged with inciting the public, secession and other treasonable offences, simply because he led a protest asking for the government to immediately redeploy 10 Civil Law Magistrates that were transferred to render justice in the Anglophone provinces to a people who know nothing in French,  the Magistrates and Judges equally understand nothing in English Language.

”We are simply asking Nigerian and the African Bar Association to bring pressure to bear on President Paul Biya and his cronies to, without any delay, cause the release of our detained colleague,” he said.



Published on 28.04.2020

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