Ayah Paul Resists Arrest, Poised to Ignore Summons Ordering Him to Report to Gendarmes Today

Ayah Paul Abine,
Ayah Paul Abine, Supreme Court Advocate and leader of the opposition Popular Action Party.

By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, January 20, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – Ayah Paul Abine, a serving Advocate General of the Supreme Court, refused Thursday January 19, to be whisked off  by officers of the Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the National Gendarmerie (SED) from his office.

Ayah’s best known closest collaborator, Akonson Raymond, told our reporter by phone shortly after the incident that the fierce critic of the Biya regime will not attend to a Gendarmerie summons due for 11am today Friday January 20, at SED in Yaounde.

Going by Akoson, Ayah holds that he can only be heard by a judge superior in grade than him, and not a military prosecutor who is below him on the judicial ladder. Ayah is a fourth grade super-scale magistrate.

Writing on his official Facebook wall, Ayah said “he could only be served through his departmental head” and that any investigation about or against him as a

serving magistrate must comply with Section 629 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Yesterday Thursday, two Gendarmerie officers visited Ayah in his office and presented a summons issued by a military colonel, asking the Supreme Court judge to acknowledge receipt of it instantly or get arrested. Ayah declined to sign the summons and resisted attempts to be taken away.

It was not readily made known why Ayah was being convoked at the National Gendarmerie headquarters. But following recent developments in the country, the summons is apparently related to Ayah’s very vocal critique of the way gov’t is handling the ongoing Anglophone crisis.

Few weeks ago, Ayah formed a team of Anglophone Cameroon elites – English Cameroon Authority – to serve a supporting role to the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium in resolving the Anglophone problem. The Consortium as well as the English Cameroon Authority where Ayah is Executive Officer were on Tuesday outlawed.

Ayah has in the recent past been a thorn in the flesh of the Biya regime. He resigned from the ruling CPDM to challenge President Paul Biya in the 2011 Presidential Election; an election he emerged fifth out of some 23 candidates.

The Advocate General has on many occasions declared in public that he shares the ideologies of the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, though he was not a member.

By press time yesterday, Ayah wrote: “The Struggle Continues Till the End!!!”


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  1. This is history in the making and the people of southern Cameroon should keep up the fight until their demands are met. Federalism is the least and only form of government that would enable Southern Cameroon to efficiently put its God gifted resources that has stolen from them for 55yrs.

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