Cameroon jails wife in place of husband

A woman in Cameroon has told BBC Pidgin that she was jailed for three months instead of her husband when the military couldn’t find him.

Delphine Dzelafen was released last month
Delphine Dzelafen was released last month

On 1 October, the military came in search of Delphine Dzelafen’s husband.

“As I was about to go to bed, I heard a big knock on the door, I thought the door was going to break, I rushed to see, about 10 military men,” she said.

“As I opened the door, they jumped in and started searching, asking, where is he, as they looked for my husband, Njilah Jones. They searched they whole compound, then arrested me.”

She spent the night at Kumba police station and the next morning was blindfolded and taken to prison in Yaoundé.

Her family didn’t know where she was until she was released on 5 December.

Barrister Agbor Balla Nkongho, founder of the Centre for Human Right and Democracy is documenting all the detainees connected with the Anglophone crisis.

He said unjustified detention is becoming more common:

“This is how many people find themselves in prison in connection with the Anglophone crisis when they have not committed any crime.”

Authorities cracked down on months of protests in Cameroon where the English-speaking minority said they were being discriminated against by the French-speaking majority. BBC

  • Now thats shithole mentality !

  • Isn’t this what Trump referred to Henry Ndlovu? I have seen the same with house arrests. I want to hear Mugabe’s side of the 15 Nov story

    • Trump’s sentiments were true and his vulgarity was very relevant to drawing attention and then bring introspection within these stubborn African leaders.

    • Banana continent

  • More of hostage keeping, whatta travesty of justice!

  • Does she mean she appeared before the magistrates & jailed? She seems to be confused.

  • Shithole

  • I think I am now getting the sense of what Trump meant lol!

  • Fools. If its true then Trump was ryt

  • Uuummm that’s unfair. I think it is unlawful to punish someone for something he/she doesn’t know. Unless if the woman had something to do with the crime committed by her man.

  • Africa for you

  • African justice . . .SH*THOLE for sure

  • Kkk

  • Muchati Bhuu

    French vs English in Africa? Then someone has the audacity to claim that the effects of colonialism are long gone and should be forgotten.

    • Eyong Emma

      sorry my dear, this has nothing to do with languages. Its simply a political problem embedded in the history of Cameroon. Before 1961 there were two, yes two Cameroons. They formed a union in 1961 on equal basis, but suddently, one side (those speaking english) realsied they had been dragged into a brutal, corrupt and opaque dictotorship, hence the fight to equal rights as negotiated during the union or breaking away to pre 1961 position. so please read the history of cameroon and the ongoing crises very well, else you would be misled. Thank u

      • Muchati Bhuu

        Still you agree there is an English side vs a French side? Can’t you see when they united they thought they were one people only to realise late that the colonists had done a very good job and these are the results.

  • Dawg

    So for 3 months the husband didn’t know where his wife was and didn’t even look for her???

  • Muchati Bhuu

    French vs English in Africa? Then someone has the audacity to claim that the effects of colonialism are long gone and should be forgotten.

    • Eyong Emma

      sorry my dear, this has nothing to do with languages. Its simply a political problem embedded in the history of Cameroon. Before 1961 there were two, yes two Cameroons. They formed a union in 1961 on equal basis, but suddently, one side (those speaking english) realsied they had been dragged into a brutal, corrupt and opaque dictotorship, hence the fight to equal rights as negotiated during the union or breaking away to pre 1961 position. so please read the history of cameroon and the ongoing crises very well, else you would be misled. Thank u

      • Muchati Bhuu

        Still you agree there is an English side vs a French side? Can’t you see when they united they thought they were one people only to realise late that the colonists had done a very good job and these are the results.

  • Dawg

    So for 3 months the husband didn’t know where his wife was and didn’t even look for her???

  • Unfair treatment

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