A security guard named Daniel Caesar gave up the ghost yesterday at the Douala Laquintinie Hospital after undergoing two days of extreme inhumane torture at the hands of elements of the Logbessou Gendarmerie.
Daniel succumbed to the injuries the Gendarmes inflicted on him during his pre-trial detention.
The deceased security guard worked for a microfinance company at PK14, and his good humor might well have been the reason for his early demise with a joke going bad.
He was described by those who know him as a jovial person who made jokes and had fun with especially traders who came to the microfinance where he worked.
It so happened that he came to this particular lady who particularly was not in her good mood and did not like his teases.
An eyewitness who spoke to Equinoxe Tv about the incident narrated that the fiery woman who was a makeshift hairdresser lost her cool with him when he joked with her. “He jokingly tapped her shoulder and she frowned at him and asked him not to touch her again. So again he jokingly asked what she would do if he did it again. Angered, she got up and tried to hit him with a water bottle which she was holding, but he grabbed it and flung it away. The lady then equally grabbed a stool which she hit him with,” the witness narrated.
After the incident, the lady reportedly left and went to the Logbessou Gendarmerie and was back some moments later with three Gendarmes. They presented themselves and took the guard with them. After two days in detention and under constant torture, Daniel Caesar became only a shadow of himself.
The victim’s sister recounts that he had been unconscious by the time that she had gone there on the second day to offer him food.
“He was lying on the floor, convulsing and gradually dying, and no one particularly cared… it was when I insisted that he was ordered to be taken to the Laquintinie Hospital where he eventually died,” she said.