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General News of Monday, 21 April 2014

Source: Cameroon Tribune

Barrister Bonu Passes On to Eternity


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The Representative of the Bar Association President in the South West Region died on April 17, 2014.

The judicial corps, football promoters and the media in the South West region are gripped in shock and consternation following the sudden demise of a venerated lawyer, football promoter and one-time journalist with Cameroon Times, Barrister Bonu Innocent.

The late senior advocate and proprietor of the Liberty Law firm in Mutengene, was snatched to the world beyond by the cold hands of death last Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Yaounde CNPS Hospital after he suffered a heart attack one week earlier, CT learnt.

Barrister Bonu's collaborator, Barrister Enow Benjamin, told CT on phone that the late Counsel was in Yaounde where he was participating in the correction of the recent Bar Entrance Examination scripts. He said Barrister Bonu was suffering from Hypertension and was always taking drugs to that effect.

Bonu who was one of the legal gurus in the South West region joined the Cameroon Bar in 1989 putting in 25 years as a practicing lawyer. The 57-year-old Barrister Bonu practiced journalism and rose to the rank of Editor with the then "Cameroon Times" newspaper soon after he graduated from the University of Yaounde in 1982. The Limbe-based lawyer and social critique was also a passionate of football as he ran Victoria United and Victoria Shooting Stars; all Limbe-based football outfits.

He was president of Victoria United from 1994 to 1996 and had continued to support Victoria Shooting Stars until his death. Barrister Enow Benjamin described the late Advocate as a rigorous and devoted man in all his endeavours. Amongst his other investments in Limbe, is the famous Victoria Bakery.

Born on December 7, 1957 in Bambui in the North West Region, the late Barrister leaves behind four children, a widow, both parents and the judicial family to mourn him. His mortal remains are presently at the Buea Regional Hospital mortuary pending funeral programme.

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