Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Disappearance of a Chadian journalist: Idriss Deby shakes Yaoundé

Cameroon and Chad, which have good diplomatic relations, regularly use exchanges and mutual aid in the face of common issues. In the case of bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring nations, the provision of the authorities of the sub-region is of great necessity.

The case of the journalist Noubadoum Sotinan from Chad remakes, once again, surface. Indeed, missing since March 4, 2014, his family and loved ones have not heard from him.

Departing for Congo Brazzaville as part of a mission, the man named Noubadoum Sotinan and two of his colleagues stopped over in Cameroon, Douala.

They were part of a Chadian delegation to participate in the work of the International Forum on Indigenous Peoples of Central Africa. This forum was held from 4 to 7 March 2014 in Brazzaville in the Congolese Republic by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Moreover, during the stopover in the economic capital of Cameroon, the authorities found that the latter did not hold a valid passport. Noubadoum Sotinan was therefore unable to fly to Kenya (Nairobi) in the non-CEMAC zone.

A necessary survey for relatives

Since that day, the Republic of Chad has not heard from him. Faced with the concerns of his relatives, the Chadian authorities decided to launch an investigation to trace the journalist. A press conference was held on 9 April 2019 at the Chad Embassy in Bastos.

Working at the National Broadcasting of Chad, he presented the program "SOS Environment" and according to his colleagues, had no political background.

Having dispatched a team a few years ago in Cameroon, a new team from Chad arrived in Yaounde. It is headed by Mission Manager Rémadji Ngaradoumbaye Adèle, Director of Legal Affairs, Documentation and Archives of the Ministry of Communication. The latter is accompanied by Abba Daoud Nangdjede, Director of Planning and Resources of the General Directorate of Broadcasting and Television of Chad. In their suite, we can also meet Larmé Laguerre, President of the Union of Chadian Journalists, and the younger brother of the deceased Serge Sotinan.

The SNJC solidary because of the disappeared journalist

Welcomed on arrival by the SNJC (National Union of Journalists of Cameroon) Center, this commission has long spoken with the media on April 9, 2019. In addition, a press release signed by the CEO of the Central Hospital of Yaounde, relayed by the CRTV (dated Thursday, March 21, 2019) called families to identify the bodies. They now have ten days to report to the morgues of Yaoundé and Douala.

After this period, the State will proceed to the burial of these bodies.

This is why the Ministry of Communication of Chad decided to send a mission to Cameroon to restart the Sotinan affair. The SNJC immediately mobilized to make this case clear. The president of the SNJC Center Thierry Eba, hopes that police and judicial investigations will succeed so close to the deceased can find peace.

Source: fr.blastingnews.com