ON DAY THREE OF DETENTION, THE ATMOSPHERE AROUND THE YAOUNDE CENTRAL PRISON IN THE KONDENGUI NEIGHBOURHOOD REMAINS TENSE.
A number of luxury cars are stationed on the other side of the road even though it was not the official visiting hours.
Pockets of persons were spotted around the prison vicinity.
Some curious onlookers contend they are family members of the new inmates while others think they are security officers that have been put on guard in case of any eventuality.
These were just speculations but the fact is that Ephraim Inoni, former Prime Minister and Head of Government and Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration, begin day three of a six month pre-trial detention decided by the Mfoundi High Court in Yaounde.
During this time, the examining judge, based on his finding, will decide whether to file charges against the accused.
If the accusations have not been clearly established, the defendants shall be released.
According to the new criminal procedure code however, both, through their lawyers, could request to be released on bail.
The saga is still unfolding. In the meantime, there has not been any official version as to why these two high profile detainees, former President Paul Biya’s close aides are held in custody.
Everyone believes their detention is connected to the albatross affair where many top officials are alleged to have embezzled over FCFA 15 billion intended for the purchase of a presidential aircraft.
The pre-trial detentions of Ephraim Inoni and Marafa Hamidou Yaya is a new twist in the case which involves Otelle Essomba, Yves Michel Fotso, Ambassador Jerome Mendouga, former Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency, Jean Marie Atangana Mebara and others held in the same detention facility.