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Relatives in frantic search for their patients after Gendarmes’ invasion of hospital

A group of individuals are allegedly still looking for their loved ones after the evasion of the St. Luke Physiotherapeutic…

A group of individuals are allegedly still looking for their loved ones after the evasion of the St. Luke Physiotherapeutic Medical Centre, Buea, by elements of the National Gendarmerie Brigade on Saturday, March 31, 2017.

Speaking to this reporter in Buea on Tuesday, April 3, 2017, a family member of one of the patients who was bundled out of the hospital into the gendarmerie truck said since the Saturday incident, they are still to ascertain the whereabouts of their brother.

“We have moved from one detention facility to the other but we are still unable to see our brother who was arrested here on Saturday. We don’t know where the gendarmes have taken him to. We are appealing to the security forces to at least tell us where he is,” the source said.

It would be recalled that last weekend, patients, the staff and management of St. Luke Physiotherapeutic Medical Centre Buea, watched with total bewilderment a dramatic scene at the hospital, when security operatives from the National Gendarmerie Brigade stormed the hospital and bundled away some patients who were undertaking medical attention.

Despite the wailing of the family members and caretakers of the arrested patients, the security operatives were unfazed. Instead, the security forces handcuffed and also took away relatives of those who were attempting to stand on their way.

According to information gnarled by this reporter, the arrested patients were reportedly member of the Ambazonia Defence Forces, who were reportedly wounded in a gun battle with security forces in Bangem and ferried to Buea by the relatives for medical attention before the security officers stormed the hospital and took them away.

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