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Justice Ayah Paul rushed to hospital from prison

Justice Ayah Paul Abine has been rushed to a hospital in Yaoundé for medical attention. The former Supreme Court judge who was sent on retirement a few days ago is said to be in a critical condition. His son, Abine Ayah Ayah who has been leading the family campaign to obtain bail for him, says he is currently held in the emergency unit of the hospital.

It should be noted that the Ayah family and counsel have futilely tried on several occasions to get the former parliamentarian released in order to guarantee for him, access to appropriate medical attention. Family sources say Justice Ayah’s protracted heart condition has been worsening ever since he was inexplicably thrown into the dungeons of the national gendarmerie headquarters in Yaounde.

Suspicious retirement?

Meanwhile, Ayah, June 28, suggested President Biya did not simply send him on retirement because he had reached retirement age. Hear him: Well done! My judicial tsunami did sweep away 16 high – ranking members of the judiciary of retirement age. That ipso facto created room for the junior members of the profession to climb to or towards the apex.

At 66, turning 67 in the coming hours, Ayah wishes to congratulate the following more elderly colleagues of his who, despite their more advanced ages, did miraculously ward off the tsunami:- Joseph Essomba, aged 80; Jean Foumane Akame, aged 78; Daniel Mekobe Sone, aged 72; Arrey Florence Rita, aged 70.

Their survival was more than just a feat!


All that is reminiscent of the baffling intrigues of life. Some unlucky people see their empires disintegrates before their own very eyes to their utter hopelessness and chagrin. Others plan to build their empires only for them to predecease the emergence of such empires.

I should count myself lucky that the cornerstone to my dream empire has been laid in my lifetime. Is not it true that about a year ago, Ayah contended that the Supreme Court in its form then could not do justice to litigants of the Common Law jurisdiction? And don’t we have a Common Law department of that court today, at least on paper?

Did I not similarly assert that it was intolerable that, in a dual legal system, namely the Common Law and Civil Law, the Supreme Court and all its divisions should be headed exclusively by judges of only one of the systems: the Civil Law?

But truly do we observe today that my senior at the Federal Bilingual Grammar School, Man O’War Bay, and in the profession, His Lordship, Mr Justice Epuli Mathias, heads one of the most prestigious Divisions of the court: the Criminal Division!

Much as those are right steps in the right direction, I still hold tenaciously to the desire that it may please the Most High to grant me the time, the means and the energy to get those steps and more Common Law values and principles enshrined in a constitutional framework. And so shall it hopefully be as God is good!

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