Cameroon detained profs’ case not of repatriation but abduction – Lawyer

The lawyer to six Cameroonian professors teaching in Nigerian universities, and four other professionals allegedly imprisoned  by Cameroonian authorities, Joseph Fru, has declared that his clients were abducted under circumstances that had no bearing with the case of repatriation or deportation. 

The affected persons had petitioned the House of Representatives to help secure their release after being allegedly picked from Nigeria and imprisoned in Cameroon since January 2018, stating that they were illegally abducted  and moved from Nigeria on January 5th 2018 to Cameroon on “frivolous allegations of plotting to destabilise the government of La Republique du Cameroon (LRC) President Mr. Paul Biya.” 

Speaking to journalists Tuesday after a session with the Public Petitions Committee of the House, Fru who commended members of the panel for their ongoing efforts said he was expectant that the relevant agencies earlier summoned by the committee would make appearances at the next adjourned date.

The agencies include offices of the Attorney General of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  DGs of the National Intelligence Agency and of the Department of State Security, Nigeria’s country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is expected to cause the appearance of the Cameroonian envoy in Nigeria. 

Justifying his assertion, Fru said first the movement of his clients to Cameroon to qualify as repatriation, there should have been the elements of probable cause of their arrest, a certified warrant to that effect, a knowledge of their whereabouts for the length of time they held in  captivity before the trial, and repatriation arrangement under a bilateral agreement between the Nigeria and Cameron,  none of which he said were available before they were “arbitrarily held.”