By Soulemanu Buba
A young man by the name of Ambe Hubert arrested and tortured by government forces for allegedly detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)at the Commercial Avenue neighborhood in Bamenda has been released.
Ambe was arrested on April 1, 2022, following the explosion. He was torturetld and molested, and his pictures circulated on social media by regime supporters who considered him and “Amba terrorist.”
Following his release from detention, many people have intensified calls for the government to pay for damages he suffered, especially with his public image.
According to a Human Rights Lawyer who voted for anonymity, all those behind his arrest should be tracked in court,
“This is how they arrest people and some go missing while others are forced to pay huge sums of money to regain their freedom. He should be compensated and all those who tortured him be arrested for justice to be served.” The lawyer insinuates.
What A Team Of MMI Reporters Discovered After Labor Day Arrests and Torture.
Investigations carried out by our team in Bamenda uncovered that many others were also arrested that same night at Savannah Street by soldiers, and brutally tortured.
Huge sums of money were also collected from the victims who were still recovering from the torture at the hands of the soldiers.
Unconfirmed reports alleged that one of the detainees who had challenged a soldier to drop his weapon and face him in a physical tussle has not been seen ever since.
We also gathered that a young girl was raped by two soldiers in a garage around that area for not being in possession of her National Identity Card.
“She was dragged and raped behind an old vehicle, we heard how she was crying but since they had guns, there was nothing we could do to save her,” one of the tortured victims told MMI.
These are just some of the pain the population has been subjected to in the hands of government forces and there has been no condemnation coming from the Northwest administration.
Even when separatist fighters commit attrocities against the local population, it is always difficult for their leadership to condemn and bring them to order.
While all these happen, the masses continue to suffer in the hands of the same people who say they are out to protect them.