On May 24, Bruno Bekolo Ebe was cleared of all charges by the Special Criminal Court (TCS) in Yaoundé. The former rector of the University of Douala was accused of misappropriating CFA3.4 billion–a charge he denied repeatedly. His lawyers had also pointed out problems and errors in the legal process, as reported by Kalara, a newspaper focusing on legal issues.
It's important to note that a report from the State Supreme Control (Consupe) was used against Ebe. The report which reviewed how the University of Douala was managed from 2005 to 2010 found errors made by the university's officials that had either a financial impact or no financial impact.
After five years of legal procedures, the judges at TCS decided to clear Ebe and some of his co-accused. In a 2022 hearing, Ebe had expressed his confusion about the charges, declaring: "Accusing me of having co-signed orders for withdrawals from the treasury simply shows that those who accuse me do not know what they are talking about. How could I have signed orders for withdrawals from the treasury when I did not and could not have a valid signature deposited with the general treasurer-paymaster of Douala?"
A graduate of the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, France, Ebe is a professor of economics and management. He has had a very successful career in academia.
Michel Ange Nga