Fomusoh Ivo Feh

Release of students sentenced for 10 years for sharing joke on Boko Haram is a great relief

WebWire | Following the release of three Cameroonian students sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in jail for sharing a sarcastic text message that referenced Boko Haram, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s West and Central Africa Director, said:

“The release of Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor, and Azah Levis Gob, three young men who were absurdly punished for simply sharing a joke on their mobile phones is a great relief.

“All those who have tirelessly campaigned for their release, including the more than 300 000 people across the globe who wrote in 2016 to President Paul Biya asking him to end this injustice, were also delighted that they are finally free.

“These three students who were only exercising their right to freedom of expression should never have been arrested in the first place. Cameroon’s authorities should protect human rights and ensure all people can speak freely without fear of reprisal.”

Background

Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor, and Azah Levis Gob, three students who had been handed a 10-year jail sentence on 2 November 2016 by a military court which convicted them for “non-denunciation of terrorist-related information” have left the prison over the weekend.

This follows the 16 December 2021 supreme Court ruling to reduce their sentence from 10 to five years in jail, which they have already spent.

According to their lawyer, Victorine Chantal Edzengte, the Court upheld the charges of “non-denunciation of terrorist-related information’’ against them but quashed the 10-year sentence.

In December 2014, Fomusoh Ivo Feh received a text message from a friend, saying: “Boko Haram recruits young people from 14 years old and above. Conditions for recruitment: 4 subjects at GCE, including religion”.

His friend’s message was intended as a comment on the difficulty of finding a good job without being highly qualified – joking that even the armed group Boko Haram won’t recruit you without good exam results.

Ivo forwarded the message to Afuh Nivelle Nfor, who sent it to Azah Levis Gob. One of their teachers saw the text, having confiscated the phone, and showed it to the police. Ivo and his friends were all arrested. They were transferred to prison in Yaoundé on 14 January 2015.

Amnesty International campaigned for their release and over 310 000 people across the globe, including former Cameroonian football striker Patrick Mboma, wrote to President Paul Biya.

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4 comments

  1. The parents are not serious and they don`t love their own. Too bad and only comparable
    to a condition wherein, a child is thrown in the latrine or aborted.
    If my child were involved, the teacher, would have been 5 years dead. No excuse.

  2. What was the basis of the ultimate Supreme Court decision? Appeal? Shame? Intimidation? What and why now???

    • An anarchy created by a brutal system of gerontocratic oligarchy at the helm of which is a narcissistic ignoramus, a pathetic excuse for a leader, and an evil man at his core. When you lose an election and become bereft of unrequited love from your people, you send the country down the gutters with this kind of heavy-handed decision. Biya has plunged Cameroon into the abyss of failed nations, a bottom country in Africa incapable of an organized capital city, incapable of building a 200km road or hosting a tournament that elevated the country in spite of a moronic despot.
      From the dilapidated Douala Airport, the cult of unloving citizens starts trouble. One suggested he has to plow through my luggage for drugs, then asked to be compensated. I told him I prefer to return the same day.

  3. The bulu Beti I evil dictatorship, no respect for children or Adults rights, can’t understand dis kind of wickedness how does it benefit the image of Cameroon to imprisoned innocent children because of a text message or is hatred for Anglo- bamenda, honestly pray the evil this bastard has done too Cameroon should follow their descendants to the fifth generation