By Njodzeka Danhatu
The renowned lady and lawyer of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, Barrister Michelle Ndoki and a host of others, arrested on October 27 in Douala have been freed after tensions mounted hours following their arrests and detention by State security personnel in the Country’s economic Capital, Douala.
They were arrested for staging a peaceful march against the October 7 presidential election results that gave victory to incumbent President Paul Biya. The Protesters held that the declaration was not the general will of Cameroonians who voted on October 7.
Field reports hold that they were molested, physically assaulted and later detained at the Judicial Police station in Bonanjo Douala. A picture that went viral on social media shows Michel Ndoki in white been thrown into the gutter alongside her accomplices by the security forces, who stood over the lawyer with batons as she struggled in the gutter.
Other pictures from the scene, show other protesters bleeding as a result of the brutal intervention of the anti-riot police.
Following news of their arrest, online pressure was mounted, accompanied by calls from activists and Cameroonians in general, all demanding her immediate release alongside others who were detained with her. They did not spend up to 24 hours in detention as they were released that same Saturday in the night. Reacting to their release, the president of the CPP Edith Kabang Walla said “time of intimidation by the repressive regime Paul Biya is over”
Before the protest march, the Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji had earlier on Friday threatened that the State will deal with whosoever want to destabilise the peace and tranquillity the State is enjoying. He had promised that there will be no mercy for politicians who dare defy this order. He equally satirised Professor Maurice Kamto for planning a demonstration as he said the election time was over and is now time for development.
Paul Atanga Nji’s outing is coming after the CRM Candidate Maurice Kamto had announced a “national resistance programme”. The programme according to Kamto is to destabilise the swearing in of President-elect Paul Biya.
Kamto further stated that the demonstration will be national and international as he urged his supporters to wear complete white attires on that day.
Mr Biya who has been in power for close four decades will be sworn in on November 6 after the Constitutional Council declared that he won a landslide victory, with over 70% of the total vote cast in the October 7 presidential election. Before his seven year mandate expires in 2025, he will be above 91 years.