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Opinion leaders fault government over Douala prison fire outbreaks
By Richmond Nkongho

Demented by the August 20, 2008 fire outbreak and the relatively unknown, government-hidden fire outbreak of April 2, 2009 at the New Bell Prison in Douala, that have had multiplier effect on other prisons across the nation, Cameroon opinion leaders have faulted the Biya administration for not respecting the new Criminal Procedure Code that offsets the incarceration of a suspect for more that 24hours, ever since its introduction in January 1, 2006.
This came on April 3, 2009 – a day after President Biya made his “unintelligent speech” which, in blunt terms, told illegally arrested Cameroonians in the February 2008 nation-wide strike action, and other inmates in prisons, to “go to hell.”
The leaders at various instances from their different abodes alleged that the administration’s penchant to swell the Douala New Bell Prison with truck loads of illegally arrested Cameroonians is responsible for the continuous restiveness, and witnessing of the August 20, 2008 and the April 2, 2009 fire outbreaks.
The opinion leaders, amongst the John Fru Ndi, Mboa Massok, Jean Jacques Ekindi, Barrister Ben Muna and Adamu Ndam Njoya are bitter that the increase in the number of inmates suffering respiratory infections and intermittent nausea, pains and general fatigue, does not worry the administration. They attributed the above problems to, or qualified them, as direct function of the small cells in which the inmates are held in the New Bell Prison.
The Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, NCHRF, Dr. Divine Chemuta Banda reacting to the same speech by Mr. Biya before journalists in Yaoundé the following day, stated that 70 percent of inmates in Cameroonian prisons are being detained illegally and that the percentage under abusive detention since 2003 has not changed despite the new Criminal Procedure Code.
The pressmen learnt that apart from the abusive custody of people for years without trial, the detention conditions are also appalling. It was hinted that some detainees, especially in Douala New Bell Prison, do not even have a place to sleep.
As well, Dr. Chemuta disclosed that his Commission, as a matter of urgency, has a comprehensive register of journalists being tortured while attempting to expose the ugly situation of inmates in detention. He condemned situations whereby security forces trumpet freedom of the press but, meanwhile, brutally suppress it.
“We want law endorsement officers to understand that the promotion of human rights by stakeholders, and pressmen, is also good for their interest,” Dr. Chemuta finished.
A penitentiary officer, who spoke to this reporter anonymously, acknowledged the horrible detention conditions, adding that these could possibly behind the fire outbreaks. He said the Justice Ministry is aware of the appalling conditions and measures have been instituted to remedy the situation.
While noting tha the Ministry is working in concert with the European Union Delegation in Cameroon to decongest prisons, he concluded that a new prison to decongest Douala transferred to the new site.
In all, does it make sense that in one prison New Bell has been constructed and soon prisoners will be, in just one prison, and within a time span of one year, two fire incidents should occur? Does it not ridicule this government that shuns dialogue, and has pushed freedom of the press into a cul-de-sac?

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Douala New Bell prison inmate on the run
By Agbor Johnson Agbor

Tchonang Sabastien Dachi Merime, victim of the February 25-28, 2008 four-day nation-wide strike, who was arrested and sentenced alongside many other suspects in November 2008, is on the run.
Tchonang Sabastien was said to have escaped from the Douala New Bell Prison following a massive jail break on the morning
of Thursday, April 2, 2009.
It is alleged that 27- year-old Sebastien, who, until his incarceration was the then Secretary in the SDF Party in charge of communication in the SDF ward of Besseke III, Bonaberi – Douala, had been amongst those that participated in the strike that damaged the Douala Ports Authority, thus, making the Ports Authority suffer a loss estimated at FCFA 50 billion in the First Quarter.
Tchonang Sebastien, like the others arrested in their Bonaberi neighbourhood was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the Court of First Instance in Douala – with a fine of FCFA 250 million slammed on Sebastien alone for reasons that remain unclear until this day.
Ever since his escape from New Bell prison plain clothes detectives are said to still be on the look out for Sebastien. This possibly explains why his parents are continuously harassed with threats of detention, almost on a daily basis now, if their son is not brought forward to stand trial.
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There was a non toxic Alternative to clean up the spill that has been successfully tested by BP after 10 months of spill damages. The Coast Guard sent a letter from headquarters stating to the FOSC to take action with OSE II, and the EPA, Lisa Jackson stopped the Coast Guard from allowing BP from implementing OSE II. In fact the EPA stopped the application of OSE II 11 times denying State Senators direct request for use of OSE II from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. La Department of environmental requested the use of OSE II as well, EPA's Sam Coleman denied their request without reason. Governor Jindal tried to get OSE II demonstrated on the Chandelier Islands on May 6, 2010, and the EPA stopped the Governor as well. The EPA in fact stopped the use of OSE II 11 times, without a reason given. Had the EPA allowed Governor Jindal to allow the demonstration of OSE II on May 6, 2010, it is possible a significant portion of the environmental damages, including the shorelines and the seafood industry would have been spared. The toxicty test comparison between OSE II and corexit really cannot be compared since with corexit, the label states it can cause red blood cells to burst, kidney, and liver problems if a chemical suit and respirator are not worn. OSE II in contrast can be used to wash your hands and is non toxic. The BP Deep Horizon spill has proven that corexit only sinks oil and causes the same oil to be addressed a second time when it comes ashore as under water plumes, or tar balls, while OSE II has a substantiated end point of converting oil to CO2 and water. See Coast Guard letter below


U. S. Department
of Homeland Security
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Coast Guard

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U. S. Coast Guard New London, CT 06320
Research and Development Center Staff Symbol: Contracting Office
Phone: (860) 271-2807

July 10, 2010

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P.O. Box 515429
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Attn: Steven Pedigo, President/Owner

DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE BAA HSCG32-10-R-R00019, TRACKING #2003954

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Your White Paper has been forwarded to the Deepwater Horizon Response Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for further action under its authority. Subject to the constraints and needs of the ongoing oil spill response, you may be contacted by the FOSC or the responsible party.


We appreciate your interest in supporting the Deepwater Horizon Response effort.


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