Simon Ateba, a journalist based in Nigeria has been arrested in Cameroon. Ateba is charged with espionage while working on a story of Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon. According to the International Centre for Investigative Journalism (ICIJ):
Ateba, a Cameroonian who has worked as a journalist in Nigeria for over a decade, was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Minawao refugee camp and taken to Makolo in the far north of Cameroon and has been accused of spying for the Boko Haram insurgency group which is waging a Jihadist was in the north east Nigeria. He has spent two nights in detention.
TheNews reports that Atebe gave the following account on his Facebook wall:
I was given my phone for five minutes to make some calls. Just spent my first night in Mokolo cell with two Nigerians who fled Boko Haram terrorist attacks between Gwoza and Maiduguri in a town or village called Sigesia. My first night in a cell in Cameroon far north was because I went to a refugee camp with about 50,000 Nigerians to do an independent reporting without them allowing me to do so.
Atebe also tweeted the following:
Been arrested in Cameroon’s far north region for entering a refugee camp with 50,000 Nigerians. Been detained in Mokolo gendarmerie
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) August 28, 2015
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) August 29, 2015
Atebe has already spent two days in detention since his arrest on August 28, 2015. He deserves his freedom.