The opposition in Equatorial Guinea is accusing the dictatorial government of what it calls the “cruel and inhumane” treatment of detainees following the death of an opposition activist who was being held in government custody.
According to the opposition, activist Santiago Ebee Ela died at the main police station over the weekend as a result of what the Citizens for Innovation (CI)opposition group called “cruel torture.”
The opposition activist was picked up on January 2 from his home, according to the opposition group which says it believes that there are over 200 of its activists in government detention, adding that, “The death of Santiago Ebee Ela is a consequence of the cruel and inhumane treatment shown to CI detainees by security forces of the PDGE regime,” an apparent reference to the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea headed by President Teodoro Obiang.
The Equatorial Guinean government has not responded to the news of the death of activist Ela.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema who became President in 1979 is now Africa’s longest serving leader which has violently crushed dissent and opposition to his dictatorial rule.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the current political challenges in Liberia will be resolved through constitutional means.
President Buhari Meets Ecowas Chair President Gnassingbe in Abuja
The Nation newspaper reports that President Buhari gave the assurance on Tuesday when he received President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, who is the current Chairman of ECOWAS, at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.
The Nigerian Chief Executive expressed hope that the outcome of the Li eria’s Supreme Court verdict would be acceptable to all in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power.
President Buhari, the paper said. also urged all parties in the crisis to exercise patience while waiting for the verdict of the Supreme Court.
Country Map of ECOWAS
Turning to the political situation in Guinea Bissau, President Buhari told the ECOWAS Chairman that the leading political actors in the country should agree to a resolution and a transition that would pave way for elections in the country in 2018.
The ECOWAS Chairman President Gnassingbe said he had met with Buhari on a number of challenges facing the West African region and seek his counsel on the best way to resolve the issues.
Gnassingbe said they reviewed the political situations in Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Togo, and also talked about the ongoing reform in ECOWAS.
Both African leaders expressed satisfaction at the efforts.