17, February 2019
More than 100 students and teachers of a private college in the Northern Zone were reportedly kidnapped on Saturday by an armed gang identified by our senior intelligence reporter in Bamenda as members of the Ambazonia Defense Force, ADF of Cho Ayaba.
Speaking to Cameroon Concord News earlier today, a school official hinted that only eleven students and three teachers had been kidnapped, but further investigations have revealed that more than 100 students and teachers have so far disappeared.
“We now know after further investigations that more than 100 students and teachers were kidnapped. The teachers are not many but the majority of those kidnapped are girls. In fact, all the students and teachers who were on campus have been kidnapped,” Rev. Oliver Shey, a senior administrator of the school told Chinese media organization, Xinhuanet
“We do not know where they are. We are still waiting for the kidnappers to call. We hope that they will be released this night,” he added.
Cameroon government authorities said troops loyal to the regime in Yaounde are still tracing the whereabouts of the kidnapped students and teachers. The government and Ambazonia Restoration Forces have been engaged in a blame-game of rampant kidnappings in Southern Cameroons.
The government regularly accuses the Southern Cameroons Interim Government of the abductions; however, fingers are now pointing to the so-called ADF gangs staged the kidnappings for money and to prove to the Southern Cameroons Diaspora that they are in control of the Ambazonian territory.
The Southern Cameroons Communications Secretary, Hon. Chris Anu has been quoted as saying that Ambazonia Restoration Forces are there to defend the people and to fight for “independence” of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
By Sama Ernest in Bamenda