At NW Governor's Office as Governor receives released detainees with handshakes
By Bakah Derick in Bamenda       
It was an emotional Friday September 1, 2017 morning at the North West governor’s office as families and friends showed up to receive one of theirs arrested for one reason or another during the on-going Anglophone crisis. These relations either parents, children brothers and sisters could be seen wearing a smile in the hope that they will soon see the love ones who have spent several weeks and months in various detention centres in the nation’s capital Yaounde. “I have come here to receive by husband. Though I have been visiting him in Yaoundé, the feeling today is different since I will be home with him again after seven months” a cheerful wife of one of the detainees tells this reporter.
Shortly after this conversation, North West Governor arrives and works straight to the families exchanging a firm handshake and a smile with everyone especially children. Here the smiles increased as if they felt the warmth of a concerned father
It will not be long before a long white bus will show up before the heavily guarded gates of the Governor’s office. It took a while for the bus to properly park to “offload” its precious content. Security is tight and no one can move but as soon as Tim Finnian publisher of the Life Time Newspaper and first released detainee to step out of the bus will be spotted from a distance, no security could stop the running or the shouts of joy from the family as they rushed towards Tim. It will be a similar reaction to other released detainees as the appeared solemnly from the transporter. “They look very healthy and strong. I am very happy.” One onlooker remarked. . The very affectionate hugs that will last a few minutes gave way for a handshake with the regional Governor.  
In a general address, The Governor urged the recently released to be forgiving. Reacting to the 38 of the 54 released detainees within the confines of his office premises as if he had listened to each one of the detainees, Adolph Lele L’Afrique pleaded that this was not the time to personalised issues or the problems but to forgive.  While appreciating the Head of State for sending them back to their families, the regional administrative head encouraged the now free people to take good care of their health. “Continue to work for nation building.” The Governor said adding that measures have been taken by the state to ensure their security.
Tim Finnian, Bam Japheth and Achigeh Standley will react to the guardian post stating that no condition was given to them during their release. They will however express concerns over the various reasons for which they were arrested and the way they were treated while in detention. The fact that they were never heard while in detention for as long as eight was also vexing. Bam Japheth leaving with mobility disability told this reporter that his conditions were not different in any way from others and challenging as well thus raising the need for the government to take into consideration detainees with disabilities. He cried out on the walkways in prison just like access to toilets.

Strong spirit and happy as they looked, they all raised concerns about the fact that some of their brothers have not been released thus expressing the wish for that to happen within the shortest podible time so things can return to normal with all of them around. 
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

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