Cameroonian tech entrepreneur Rebecca Enonchong, was arrested on August 10th and later released on the 13th, following a joint effort of her sympathizers on social media as well as her legal team.
For the three days that she spent in detention, hashtags, images and messages demanding her release widely circulated online and did not seem to slow down anytime soon.
News of her release came as a great relief for herself and her well-wishers, who were yet to understand why she was arrested. Rebecca Enonchong, 54, has in some posts on Twitter acknowledged how helpful the online campaign was, for her release “thanks so much for this thread and for bringing the story of my arrest to the attention of the world. This Twitter advocacy was very instrumental in raising awareness. Thank you” one of her posts read.
Sylvain Oum, of the defense, revealed that Enonchong’s case was dropped because the Prosecutor deemed that the proceeding was inappropriate and could not continue. He went on to thank everyone who played a role in their success “it is an occasion for me to thank all of my collaborators that joined me to defend this cause. I also thank everyone from far and near who supported us in this fight in order that justice triumphs” the lawyer said after Enonchong’s release.
Immediately after the techpreneur regained her freedom, she tweeted appreciating everyone and indicating that the hashtags and messages for her release could now be halted.