The journalist is under custody in connection with the ongoing socio-political situation in Cameroon's North West and South West Regions, Cameroon-info.net has learnt.
"He is being accused of assisting separatists in their terrorism action. He is also being accused of spreading separatist information concerning ghost town and so on," said Barrister Ewule.
The lawyer says Wazizi was arrested at the level of the Muea Police Station and was held there for about five days.
"When I went there, I discussed with the commissioner. I told him that when it comes to issues of terrorism, the Muea Police Station lacks competence. He advised me that the matter was going to be transferred to the judicial police," the lawyer averred.
Barrister Ewule said all attempts to have Wazizi released on bail were futile. He regrets that the journalist's statement was taken at the Muea Police without his lawyer.
"I also want to state that his right to counsel was respected. I was allowed to see him at any time. His family members were also given access to him at the level of the Muea Police," Ewule said, regretting that his client was taken to the BIM instead of the Judicial Police.
Hear Barrister Ewule: "I was informed that things had changed and Wazizi had been handed over to the BIM – the 21st Motorized Infantry Battalion. We all know that BIM doesn't carry out investigations. So, it was a little bit worrisome for me. So, I decided to meet with the chief of judicial police this morning. And at the time we met the chief of judicial police along with other journalists, he assured us that it is a crisis moment and some other options are being taken to carry out investigations. That we should all be calm. That the people of BIM also assist them in some ways to get information. That the people of BIM just want to get information from him after which he will be handed to the judicial police.
"What I want to tell all the journalists is that, please let us be calm. There is news that the suspect, Wazizi is doing fine. The discussions I had with the chief of judicial police is saying that he is in good health and that in no distant time, he will be brought back to the judicial police for the completion of the investigation and onward transmission to the military court.
"What I want to say is that we will continue with our work legally. And to assure everybody that we should be calm. We should expect him in the days ahead at the level of the judicial police. He will definitely be produced and sent to the Commissioner of Government who will definitely send the file to the military court.
"At this time, we are in a deadlock. I can say that I have not seen him after he left the Muea Police Station. I have not gained access to him and all his family members as of now have not seen him. But I pray that subsequently they're going to see him."
The Committee to Protect Journalists says Cameroon is the third worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Egypt and Eritrea, with at least seven journalists behind bars for their work on December 1, 2018, according to CPJ's annual prison census. It is the second-worst jailer of journalists on false news charges in the world, after Egypt, according to the census.
"Cameroonian authorities should stop trying to intimidate and censor journalists who have a duty to keep citizens informed about the political and economic situation," said Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, in New York back in January 2019 after some journalists were arrested.