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    Prison superintendent of Bamenda Central Prison prevents NGO from giving supplies to Anglophones detained because of the Anglophone Problem.

    As reported by Macdonald Ayang for The Guardian Post Newspaper:

    A philanthropic outfit, the Ayah Foundation, which is fronted by son of former supreme court deputy attorney general, Ayah Paul Abine, was on Friday prevented from donating food items and other personal effects to detainees at the Bamenda central prison who were arrested within the context of the Anglophone crisis.

    The executive head of the Ayah Foundation, Ayah Ayah Abine, told The Guardian Post yesterday that their application for authorisation to visit and donate to the prisoners in Bamenda was
    out rightly rejected.

    He said the Bamenda central prison
    superintendent ordered them to instead
    seek authorisation from the ministry of
    justice in Yaounde before they could be
    allowed to carry out their charity gesture.
    Ayah Ayah narrated to this reporter that
    his request to visit the Bamenda central
    prison inmates was handed to the prison
    authorities well ahead of time but he was
    shocked to be told that the request was
    not granted only when he and his team
    had showed up at the prison premises
    with the stock of items to be donated.

    “We were utterly embarrassed when
    the prison authorities told us upon our
    arrival that we were not going to have
    access to the inmates. They said we
    should go back to Yaounde and get
    authoritisation from the ministry of jus-
    tice before coming to Bamenda. We wait-
    ed at the prison yard for 48 hours thinking
    the authorities were going to change their
    mind but they didn’t,” -Ayah Ayah Abine
    told this reporter by telephone yesterday.

    “We are aware that these detainees are
    living under dire conditions and acts like
    this one cannot deter us from reaching out
    to them” he stated.

    Ayah said given the difficult situation
    they were faced with, they couldn’t return
    to Yaounde with the purchased items.
    “We had to devise another way to ensure
    that the items reached the detainees” he said, before revealing that "we had to
    get in contact with some members of a
    religious group who accepted to take the
    items to the beneficiaries.

    The Ayah Foundation, it should be
    said, is a philanthropic organisation.
    Lately, it has been donating to victims
    suffering the aching effects of the ongo-
    ing Anglophone crisis.

    Apart from reaching out to
    Anglophone detainees at the Buea and
    Yaounde central prisons with essential
    items, the Ayah Foundation has also been
    footing medical bills of some victims of
    the unrest in the North West and South
    West regions.

    The foundation plans to make a trip to
    Nigeria next month to extend its largesse
    to the thousands of Anglophone refugees,
    mostly from Akwaya and other Manyu
    villages, who have fled to the neighbour-
    ing country as a result of the social strife
    in their communities imposed by reported
    excesses of the military.
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