Barrister Nkongho Felix’s Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa has called upon the government to urgently carry out investigations into acts of torture by Chief Ewume John (Moja Moja).
Moja Moja, the traditional authority of Bwasa Village in Buea, Southwest Region has been noted for harassing persons on countless basis, in the name of chasing Ambazonian fighters.
According to its release, CHRDA “… denounces in strongest terms on-going acts of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by Chief Ewume John, also commonly known as Chief Moja Moja.”
“Such acts took place on the dates of 31 October 2022, 7, 8 and 9 August 2022, 9 July 2022, 5 July 2022, 27 June 2022, 26 May 2022, and 5 April 2021,” CHRDA furthered, noting that the statement, “… Covers 7 different acts of torture, including physical, mental and arbitrary detention, of a total of 11 men.”
“In terms of clarification, inhuman treatment or punishment is treatment that causes intense physical or mental suffering. It includes serious physical assault, psychological interrogation, cruel or barbaric detention conditions or restraints, and threatening to torture someone if the threat is real and immediate,” it added.
In this line, the rights body urged the Cameroon government to thoroughly investigate the various acts of torture of Moja Moja and update the population, considering the tortures carried out under the watchful eyes of the public.
By Amina Hilda
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