Philip Njaru - Work


His harassment began in May 1997, when the Chief of Post for the Immigration Police in Ekondo-Titi, a town close to the Nigerian border, responded to Njaru's allegations of various corruption by warning Njaru "that he would 'deal with him', should he continue to publish 'unpatriotic' articles, accusing police officers of corruption and alleging that constable P.N.E. had raped a pregnant Nigerian woman". According to Njaru's statement, he was eventually kicked and beaten to unconsciousness by the Chief of Post in October 1997. Complaints to the local authorities were fruitless because "his complaint had disappeared from the Registry". In February 1998, Njaru, hospitalized, was approached by the constable P.N.E., who arrested him, threatened him and slapped his face.

Njaru spent parts of 1998 in hiding in Bekora Barombi. He was found and approached by the constable P.N.E.

Around May 1999, Njaru wrote a newspaper article where he alleged ill-treatment of civilians conducted by the 11th Navy Battalion based in Ekondo-Titi. In late May Njaru was approached by the local captain who asked Njaru "to stop writing such articles and to disclose his sources". Refusing to do this, Njaru five days later found his house encircled by armed soldiers, and escaped to Kumba. Here, he was assaulted by police in June 2001, with no particular reason stated. Njaru complained to the local authorities, but later learned that "his complaint had not been received".

Later, while still living in the Southwest Province, Njaru was threatened again in October and December 2003.

In 2006, he was accused by local police of working for the Southern Cameroons National Council, a Southern Cameroons secessionist organisation. He was arrested on a bus, beaten and his gear confiscated, according to a piece written by former executive director of the World Press Freedom Committee Marilyn Greene.

In August 2008, Njaru wrote a long complaint about alleged police fraud, arbitrary arrests and extortion of Nigerian immigrants, again in the town of Kumba.

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