Rebecca Enonchong, a Cameroonian tech entrepreneur who was arrested in her home country earlier this week, was released Friday
According to social activist Edith Kahbang Walla, Enonchong was in the Cameroon government’s custody for three days on charges of contempt.
“On Tuesday she was invited to the Gendarmerie (policing force)…and she went. When she arrived there, they began asking her questions about some cases she has with her family concerning inheritance,” Walla said.
Enonchong is one of Africa’s most popular and influential tech entrepreneurs and sits on the boards of several influential and global corporations including AppsTech, I/O Spaces and the WHO Foundation.
The African Business Angels Network, which Enonchong co-founded, started a social media campaign called #FreeRebecca, after her arrest, calling it “highly irresponsible.”
Walla, the leader of the Cameroon People’s Party (CPP) added Enonchong was arrested without a written complaint, warrant or summons. Enonchong’s lawyer Sylvain Oum confirmed Walla’s statements saying she has received zero documents of what she was accused of. Cameroon’s government has not said why Enonchong was arrested and the charges she was given.
Cameroon’s government has been accused of repression and various forms of civil rights abuses. Accoridng to Slate, those include unlawful or arbitrary killings, including extrajudicial killings by security forces, armed Anglophone separatists, Boko Haram, and ISIS-West Africa; forced disappearances by security forces; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government.
Last year, security forces in the country attacked and detained protestors who were mainly opposition party members. According to Human Rights Watch protestors were beaten and mistreated as security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at them. According to the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, more than 500 people were arrested.