8, January 2023
CPDM Crime Syndicate: Court Acquits Five MSF Workers Accused Of Helping Amba Fighters 0
A military court in Cameroon has acquitted five workers with French medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) a year after they were charged with assisting a suspected separatist rebel, MSF said on Friday.
The ruling was handed down on December 29 but had not been made public, the NGO’s lawyer, Edouard Essono, told AFP.
“All five were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted,” Essono said.
The incident occurred on December 27, 2021, when two local MSF employees were stopped at a traffic checkpoint in western Cameroon, a mainly English-speaking region where armed separatists have clashed with government security forces for the past six years.
Soldiers discovered in their ambulance a man suffering from a bullet wound who MSF said needed “urgent care”.
The two were arrested and jailed in Buea, capital of the Southwest region, and two other Cameroonian employees were detained later.
The authorities searched for a fifth MSF worker, an Indian national, but he managed to leave the country.
Of the five, two of whom were women, two were released on bail in May 2022, another in November, and the last on December 30.
“MSF has always defended the work of its staff and categorically denied any complicity with armed groups or stakeholders in any violent conflict,” the group said in a statement to AFP.
The NGO halted its operations in Southwest Cameroon in July 2022 and did not say if these would resume after the acquittals.
The government suspended the charity’s work in neighbouring Northwest Cameroon, also majority English-speaking, in late 2020, accusing its medical teams of aiding and abetting armed separatists.
Civilians have been the main victims of the fighting between Anglophone separatists and security forces.
More than 6,000 people have died and more than a million others forced from their homes since 2016, according to the International Crisis Group.
The arrests were the latest of several challenges for MSF in the troubled country.
In February 2022, five MSF aid workers were kidnapped in Cameroon’s Far North region, which is regularly targeted by jihadist insurgents. They were released in March in neighbouring Nigeria.
8, January 2023
Football: Manchester United agree to sign Vincent Aboubakar on loan 0
Premier League (PL) club, Manchester United, have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Cameroon captain, Vincent Aboubakar on loan for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season from Saudi Arabian outfit, Al-Nassr.
The Red Devils are currently in the winter transfer market for a new forward after terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract after the just concluded World Cup in Qatar.
The Portugal captain was later signed by Al-Nassr, thereby linking up with Aboubakar, who currently plies his trade with the Saudi-Arabia club.
Aboubakar since joining the club 18 months ago has netted 13 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for Al-Nassr this includes 4 goals from the 12 matches he has so far played this season.
Man United, after making inquiries, from the Middle East side, have been told that Aboubakar will be available and that the club is willing to let the 30-year-old leave on loan.
Al-Nassr was disposed to the deal because they have exceeded the limit for non-Saudi Arabian players in their first-team squad following the arrival of Ronaldo and they cannot register the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until one of their 7 foreign players leaves the club.
According to Saudi Arabian news outlet OKAZ, Man United and Turkish giants, Fenerbahce have an agreement in place to take Aboubakar on loan this January, with the Cameroonian expected to favour a move to the Premier League.
Aboubakar’s potential temporary move to Old Trafford would be a perfect deal for both Man United and Al-Nassr, as it will mean the former would have strengthened Erik ten Hag’s options in the attack, while the latter will also be able to officially register Ronaldo.
Source: The Nicheng