Monday, 12 March 2018

From The Horse's Mouth - Humiliated Journalist Caristan Isseri Narrates What Really Happened At Mebe Ngo'o House And Says He Intents To Take The Matter To Court

It's hard for Caristan Isseri, 26, to return to the day of March 3rd. The reporter of the daily Le Jour is still branded by this "misadventure he will never forget", which occurred the day after the government reshuffle that caused Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o to lose his portfolio as Minister of Transport.

Following the instructions of the deputy editor of his newspaper for which he works since 2015, he goes to the Odza district, in the suburbs of Yaoundé, on the morning of Saturday, March 3rd. The instructions for his report are simple: "report on the people who come in and out of the house, resentment of the neighborhood, and tell how the news of the reshuffle was welcomed in the neighborhood."

Once on the scene, the journalist discusses with the inhabitants of the district and manages to obtain details on the arrival of Mebe Ngo'o in the district, in 2003, on the members of his family and their attitude vis-à-vis of his neighbors. Until he meets a man in military fatigues, straight out of the house of the former minister. He provided him with details about the security arrangements at the former minister's home since the announcement of the reshuffle. And will introduce him soon after in the residence of the former minister by saying to him: "my boss wants to meet you".
From The Horses Mouth -Humiliated Journalist Caristan Isseri Narrates  What Really Happened At  Mebe Ngo'o House And Says He Intents To Take The Matter To Court 

"You are a spy"

Once inside, Caristan Isseri meets an imposing man. "He was tall, dark complexion and quite corpulent," recalls the journalist. This new character asks him to introduce himself and snatches his notebook. The reporter presents his professional card and his national identity card, but his interlocutor does not believe him when he tells him that he is a journalist.

"You're a spy," he answers. The tone goes up, and the man tears off his two phones after slapping him, assures the journalist. "With him, there were other people who dragged me to the gate, at the entrance of the house. After they searched the body, asking me to undress, "he says. "They beat me on the knees, on the head, one after the other. There were eight in all; one of them asked me each time to slap myself, and he said that if I did not do it, he would take care of it and it would be even more painful, "adds the journalist.

" Electrocute him! "
The young reporter remembers a woman, small and round who approaches him and reveals that it will "eliminate". "I heard him say to the men who hit me: electrocute him! And I thought I was going to die, "he says. "I started crying, begging them to leave me alone. I told them I would do anything they asked me to do, "he continues. He was then allegedly given a firearm, ordered to write a letter of confession, in which he said he had entered the residence of the Minister "Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 18h to spy on ". But also that he acted under the orders of the editor of the daily newspaper Le Jour . Then, facing the camera of an iPhone, they will ask him to repeat the text.

Afterwards they decide to throw the journalist in a dog kennel and sprinkle it with water using a garden hose.

Subsequently they decide to throw the journalist in a dog kennel. Curled up in the cage, he is sprinkled with water using a garden hose. Next to it, two other niches are home to two huge dogs that bark continuously. He will pass through this cage three times and will be sprayed with water each time. "When I was taken out of the niche, I shivered, and they asked me if I was ready to confess," recalls Caristan.

The eight men then reportedly dragged him out of the fence that overlooks the former minister's house, followed by the many visitors waiting in the courtyard. Accompaniment to the exit is done against the background of insults, kicks, slaps. And, to his great surprise, his business is finally handed over to him and his executioners ask him to leave the place running.

"Once at home I started crying, I called my mother and she asked me to go to my uncle's house because she was afraid they had followed me," says Caristan.

The next morning, he tells his misadventure to the editors of the Day . In the afternoon, Haman Mana, the editor of the newspaper, publishes a statement in which he certifies that the editorial of the Day intends to fight "so that such barbarity will not happen." The newspaper's management also intends to take the case to court by filing a complaint against the former minister and his entourage. Since then, Haman Mana and his reporters have started a media campaign across TV shows and social networks to protest against Mebe Ngo'o and his entourage.

In the same vein, on March 4, the National Union of Journalists of Cameroon (Snjc) invited "Cameroonian journalists from inside and outside the country to engage the personal responsibility of Mr. Mebe Ngo'o Alain and his colleagues. close, who shine through an ostentatious use of armed violence against the press. For its part, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounced March 7 "humiliating treatment inflicted on Cameroonian journalist Caristan Isseri by the police service of the former Minister of Transport in Yaoundé."

Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o refuses to comment on the case
Joined by Jeune Afrique on the phone, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o did not wish to answer our questions on this case. Faced with the silence of the former minister since the release of the newspaper Le Jour , netizens question the motives of the entourage of the former minister. In particular, some observers want to know if Mebe Ngo'o was aware of what was going on in her home. that night.

Source - Humiliated Journalist Caristan Isseri To Take The Matter To Court By Raising A  Complaint Against Mebe Ngo'o And His Entourage
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