Jailed Nigerian Profs in Cameroon:  Officials’ absence before Reps’ panel delaying justice – Lawyers 

Legal representatives of the Nigerian Professors jailed in Cameroon have blamed the absence non-appearance of key officials of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Cameroonian High Commissioner to Nigeria and others for delay in obtaining justice for their clients.

Others expected by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions are the UNHCR coordinator, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The legal team in a statement signed by Joseph Awah Fru and obtained by our reporter weekend, lamented that the continued absence of those officials at the hearing of the committee was prolonging the detention of the professors who had sustained the academic pyramid in Nigeria in the last 30 years.

The Cameroonian refugee professors and other professionals were reportedly arrested at Nera Hotel in Abuja on January 5, 2018 by security agents and later repatriated to Cameroon, tried by a military tribunal and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Kondengui Maximum security detention facility.

The Nigerian asylum seekers in their petition pleaded with the House to among others, cause the federal government to take action and implement the rulings in the three judgments of the Federal High Court of Abuja in 2019, ordering their release and compensation of the petitioners.

Fru called for justice and ask Nigerians through their elected representatives to support the prayers outlined in the petition before the House Committee on Public Petitions to save the professors and other abducted and arbitrarily detained refugees in Cameroon.

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