Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

Gendarmes torture "bikeman" to death in Yaounde

Over 250 protesters blocked traffic in front of the Secretariat of Defence in Yaounde, March 28, demanding that officials of the gendarmerie headquarters release the remains of a certain Moupen Moussa who is said to have been killed in custody.

One Illiassou, brother of the deceased told reporters on the scene of the protests that his brother, a commercial bike rider in Yaounde was returning from work at about on March 25, accompanied by another bike rider, one Foapon Alassa, when an unknown person stopped them.

He said the man who was accompanied by a young girl, introduced himself as an officer of the joint control unit of the national gendarmerie commonly known by its French abbreviation GPIGN.

He reportedly asked them to present their identification documents; which documents Moupen did not have.
According to Illiassou, the security officer smacked his brother a couple of times before taking him to the gendarmerie headquarters. His friend, Foapan followed them to the station.

Foapon said at the gendarmerie station, they were undressed before getting them into the cell. “The officer had us beaten with a belt and a baton while pouring water on us” he revealed.

After Moupen died of the torture, Foapon was released.

Foapon said he returned and informed his friend’s family about what had happened and since last Friday, they have been trying to get the deceased’s corpse from the gendarmerie cell to no avail.

We gathered that the family informed members of the Bamoum community in Yaounde who mobilized and got other commercial bike riders to join them in Monday’s protest.

The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in Charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptist Bokam personally tried to calm rising tempter when he learned of the situation.

He promised security forces were going to hand over the corpse to the family; by so doing, confirming the boy had died in cell.

Illiassou said all they wanted was to see the corpse or be told where the body was kept.
Meanwhile, The Cameroon Journal gathered the gendarmerie officer is currently in detention.


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