Paul Chouta has confirmed the death of his colleague and friend, Martinez Zogo stating that his lifeless body was found in a decomposing state. The Confirmation has caused wild reactions across the Cameroon media sector.
Claudy Siar, a journalist who works for Radio France International (RFI), has condemned the murder of the journalist Martinez Zogo who worked for Amplitude FM in Yaoundé and host of a popular program “Embouttiellage”.
Claudy took to his official Facebook page to note that the perpetrators of the inhuman act must be found.
“When he (the perpetrator) has been arrested and judged, his name will be a defilement for his family and his children! We won’t let go,” Claudy stated.
” We need to know who abducted Martinez Zogo. You promised an investigation into the death of Samuel Wazizi & that never happened. We cannot allow a similar fate to befall Martinez Zogo,” MMI’s CEO, Mimi Mefo Takambou wrote, tagging Cameroon’s President Paul Biya on Facebook. Just like Claudy Siar, Mimi believes that the such acts are as a result of the cold attitude of the president towards perpetrators of such crimes to justice.
However, there have been several controversies following a statement on Friday January 20, 2023 by Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi.
The minister said that the government was investigating the journalist’s abduction. But many believe it is just a fairy tale given that two years ago, Samuel Wazizi was arrested, tortured and killed in thesame way and his body has not been found.
Nonetheless, it is rumoured that Zogo’s brutal assassination may have come from his spearheading of an investigation on an embezzlement case which involve the owner of Anecdote Media Group, Amougou Belinga.
The journalist in that case had disclosed sensitive information to judicial officers supporting the embezzlement claims against Belinga.
While these are unconfirmed reports, It Is said that this might be close as to why he went missing and later killed.
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