They had been in police custody since 21 October.
Mathias Y. driver of train No. 152 which derailed on 21 October 2016 in Eséka has just been released with T. Mukam his assistant. They were arrested and placed in police custody on 21 October 2016, the day of the train accident. Having been brought back to Yaounde by a special train, they were available to investigators.
In its edition of November 10, 2016, the daily Le Jour indicates in this regard that according to sources, Mathias and Mukam were the only persons placed in custody in the course of the judicial inquiry which follows its course. An investigation that aims to elucidate the circumstances of the accident that caused the death of according to official sources of 79 dead and approximately 600 wounded.
The daily stresses that the decision to release the drivers was taken by the Public Prosecutor. However, it should be noted that they were interviewed by Philemon Yang, the Prime Minister, last week. Even if we must admit that nothing has filtered out of this hearing, we all know that the members of the Government, members of the Commission of Inquiry created by Paul Biya, President of the Republic, on October 25 wee present. They were Laurent Esso, Minister of State in charge of Justice, Ms Rose Mbah Acha, Minister of State for State Supervision, René Emmanuel Sadi, Minister of Territorial Administration, and Of Decentralization, Jean-Baptiste Bokam, General Delegate for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, General Delegate for National Security, Paul Atanga Nji, Permanent Secretary of the National Security Council.
For the daily, the release of the drivers could show that the track of a fault is discarded.