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Gunmen Kidnap 4 businessmen in SW

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Some armed hoodlums, suspected to be elements of the Ambazonia Defence Forces(ADF),Thursday, June 21, 2018, reportedly raided the Kupe-Muanenguba Divisional head quarters, Bangem, in broad day light, and abducted some four businessmen.

According to eye witness account, the kidnappers stormed the area on board some motor bikes and moved round the area kidnapping their victims before varnishing into thin air.

Informed by the kidnappings of the businessmen later that day, elements of the forces of law and order in the area immediately launched an investigation to track down the gunmen.

There was thorough search of houses and neighbourhoods by security operatives, those without identification documents were arrested, while movement out of the area was temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, as at Sunday, June 24, 2018, gathered that, some of the abducted businessmen have been released after they were forced to cough out FCFA 1 million in order to regain their freedom.

It should be stressed here that a wave of abduction has swept through Bangem since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis. In prelude to the commemoration of the 46th National Day celebration on May 20, 2018, the Mayor of Bangem, Ekuh Simon Ojeh and his Second Deputy, Enongene Epie, were kidnapped by the Restoration Forces.

The municipal officials were abducted for mobilising young people in the area to partake in the National celebrations, despite warnings issued by the Ambazonia Restoration Forces for the population to boycott the event. The June 21 incident is just one out of many other examples.

Published on 28.04.2020

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