At least 17 students of the University of Bamenda who were kidnapped days ago by unidentified armed men, have been freed, the Governor of the North West region, Adolphe Lelle LAfrique has said.
A document signed by the Secretary General of the North West Grvernor’s office reveals the students were released thanks to the coordinated operations of by administrative authorities, Forces of Law and order and parents of the kidnapped students.
The Governor said the abductions were committee by a criminal gang specialised in the kidnapping of students for ransom but did not reveal if ransom was paid for this set of students to be released.
The Governor called on parents, students, university authorities and the population to be vigilant and collaborate with administrative authorities and the forces of law and order so as to bring the situation under control.
Earlier this week, a video was released by the armed men showing at least 12 students that were in their keeping with a voice threatening the students to respect calls for a school boycott or be killed.
Some of the students were reportedly kidnapped on Saturday December 8 as they were heading to campus to attending the Convocation ceremony of the University of Buea.