English Speaking Cameroonian With Heart Malfunction And A Pacemaker In The Chest Abducted And Detained Under Appalling Conditions By The Cameroon Government

Awaghang Leo AMBEAPI

Awaghang Leo AMBEAPI, a 28 year old English speaking Cameroonian suffering from a heart condition with a pacemaker in his chest, was abducted in a shop at Mile 50 in Wum by armed gendarmes on Sunday, February 4, 2018. 

On Monday, February 5, 2018 Awaghang Leo’s father visited the Senior Divisional Officer’s office in Menchum, presenting photos and documents of his son’s health condition, while trying to identify the location of detention.

Promises by the Senior Divisional Officer to locate him and provide much needed medications failed.

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 his father visited the Gendarmerie in Wum, where he met the Company Commander, who admitted Awaghang Leo was under detention. The father of Awaghang Leo presented documents, medical reports and photos of Awaghang Leo’s health and requested to give his son’s medicine. The Company Commander’s response was, “When it comes to National Security, health doesn’t matter”.

On Friday, February 9, 2018 Awaghang Leo collapsed while in detention and was moved to the Wum District Hospital, guarded by 2 armed gendarmes. His family was notified and asked to bring his medicines which were earlier rejected by the Gendarmerie Company Commander. 

Once Awaghang Leo recovered, the military moved him to a secret location.
On Wednesday, February 16, Awaghang Leo’s father received a phone call from his son, that he is detained at the Bamenda Central Prison and should come with his medical reports. 
Awaghang Leo’s father met his son on Thursday, February 17, at the casualty ward in an unconscious mood. He had collapsed in his cell. Awaghang Leo has since been receiving treatment while admitted at the Bamenda Regional Hospital, where he is chained to his bed, forced to urinate into a bottle.
Awaghang Leo is still at the hospital for tests of blood clots in his heart. He is supposed to be detained for 6 months renewable by a magistrate of the Military Court, Bamenda.

Agbor Nkongho
CENTRE for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa.

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