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Yaounde: Detained Retired Judge Ayah Paul Rushed To Hospital

Justice Ayah Paul Abine who has been in detention for close to six months has been rushed to a local hospital in Yaoundé for medical attention after a suspected heart attack.His press office reports.He is currently receiving medical attention at the Intensive unit.

Ayah Paul had earlier today reacted to Paul Biya's decision sending him on retirement .  In a post on his official Facebook page, the now former Supreme Court Advocate General raised concerns why he was flushed out at 67 while his colleagues older than him are still in office with some promoted in the recent shakeup of judicial personnel in the country.

On  a sarcastic note,  Ayah Paul observed that 16 high ranking officers were swept by the whirl wind, a move which ought to have created room for junior colleagues to climb the ladder of succession.  But the wind was too strong for, Joseph Essomba , Jean Akame Foumane ,Daniel Mokobe Sone  and Arrey Florence Rita.

To Ayah, it was more than a feat they made it out of the chopping board.

  Full declaration below:

" 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 disintegrate 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 INTOLLERABLE 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 Grammer 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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