Lawyers in the South West region whose Wigs and gowns were seized by security forces last November during a peaceful protest in Buea have vowed to take court action against the Divisional Officer of Buea, KUOAM Wokam Paul and the police who brutalized the lawyers, seized their wigs and arrested some.
Responding to a letter earlier written in December 2,2016 by t he DO for Buea to the Lawyers through the Attorney General for South West, demanding them to come to the office to collect their wigs and gowns, Barrister Ebah Ntoko write sthat by affirming that the wigs were in the possession of the DIO was an indication that he ,Wokam Paul took poart in what he described as “prime suspect in the gruesome crimes committed on lawyers and other citizens in Buea”.
The lawyers have accused the DO and ‘His Anti Riot’ Police of carrying out crimes of torture, assault, deprivation of property rights, violation of the Chambers of lawyers, rape and other issues. The lawyers maintained that one of the principal evidence that will be used against the DO and his anti riot Police will be the wigs and gowns.
The Common Law Lawyers who are still on strike say the issue of wigs and gowns is not at stake now but that once investigations into brutal beatings on lawyers must have been completed, they will each collect their belongings. The sole condition now is the bringing to book the culprits who treated lawyers like second class citizens.
Culled from Cameroun Info.net