Mass arrests as Cameroon varsity students go on the rampage

By Ndi Egene | Africa Review December 2, 2016

Several students of the University of Buea in southwestern Cameroon were arrested and detained late Monday after they staged a protest over presidential grants and delayed registration.

Sources said on Tuesday the arrested students were still in custody where they were allegedly being tortured.

“They are being held in the military station and the torture is unbearable,” said a BBC correspondent, Mr Randy Joe Sa’ah, who was monitoring the strike.

Presidential Grants

The students were protesting the non-disbursement of FCFA 50,000 presidential grants to some deserving students as well as the delayed remittance of FCFA 10,000 late registration fee by some students who did not meet the online deadline.

“The university administration is practising and promoting injustice. The school has given the presidential grants to some students who did not merit it while those who merit have not received,” one of the protesting students told the Africareview on grounds of anonymity.

Dozens were injured as security forces descended on the campus, beating up and tear-gassing the protesting students.

Similar Unrest

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Nalova Lyonga, did not pick up her phone when called for comments. She also did not reply to a telephone message from this writer at the time of this report.

Lectures at the university have since been suspended as the campus remains occupied by the security forces.

A similar unrest in the institution three years ago left several people severely injured and university property worth millions destroyed.

The university administration reacted by indefinitely suspending the suspected ringleaders and officials of the University of Buea Students’ Union (UBSU).

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