A taxi driver in Douala, Littoral Region is reported to have died days after being tortured in police custody.
According to local media reports in Douala, the driver whose name The Guardian Post got as Mitterrand Tchouateun Njia had been arrested on July 20 by the security forces for poor parking during a routine control.
Unable to pay the levied fine on him, he was arrested and detained at the 6th District police station where he was supposedly tortured for days.
Another source recounts that, the police officers quickly fell on him after refusing to take instructions from the law enforcement agents.
In addition, the driver was violently received by other detainees who requested for what they described as “new man tax” after being sent behind bars.
His health situation continued to deteriorate, reports said.
His family alerted, Mitterrand was later rushed to Nkololoun District Hospital.
Despite all attempts by medical personnel to save the life of the 38-year-old proved futile as he gave up the ghost on July 23.
Violence between workers of the transport sector and defence and security forces has been on the rise recently.
A similar incident occurred last month in the Northwest region, precisely in Bamenda, where a commercial bike rider was allegedly killed by a gendarmerie officer for failing to give him a bribe of 500 FRS.
Still in Douala, a young gendarmerie officer was brutalised and killed by workers of an inter-urban transport agency for his inability to pay toilet charges of 100 FRS.
According to recent reports which The Guardian Post is yet to confirmed, say the second gendarmerie officer as shown in the surveillance camera video later died in the hospital due to severe injuries suffered from the incident.