Cameroon: Tech-entrepreneur Rebecca Enongchong regains freedom

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Rebecca Enongchong greeted by cheerful crowd after regaining her freedom

Africa tech-entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong that was held without any charges by security forces in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala has gained her freedom.

The release of Rebecca comes some three days after she was detained at the Legion de Gendarmerie in Douala. It is still not clear as to why she was arrested but all the charges have now been dropped. Several persons turned out today at a court in Douala as she was set free.

The recipient of several awards for her works in promoting a technology on the African continent took to Twitter after she was released to thank the multitude of persons who voiced out their anger about her being detained.

Rebecca Enongchong thanks the multitude of persons who championed calls for her release

She tweeted: “I’m free!! All charges dropped! We can retire the #FreeRebecca hashtag. So immensely grateful to all of you for believing in me and supporting me.”

The arrest of Rebecca Enongchong had gained traction amongst persons in the country who had taken to social media to call for her immediate release.  From opposition politicians to civil society activists, they all had one message, the release of Rebecca Enongchong.  The diplomatic community in Yaounde waded into the issue with direct calls for the release of Enonchong whose detention only did more damage to the precarious image of Cameroon when it comes to human rights.

It is not the first time that journalists and other human rights activists have been arbitrarily arrested in one or the other in connection to being vocal about issues that are going wrong in the country.

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