Cameroon - Anglophone Crisis: Manhunt Launched After Abduction of Eight Bamenda University Students

Par Kiven B. NSODZEFE | Cameroon-Info.Net
Bamenda - 11-Nov-2019 - 14h49   3053                      
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Security officials in Bamenda have intensified search for over eight university students kidnapped from their residence in Bambili, on Saturday night.

Another student who resisted attacks from allegedly separatist fighters was shot dead. Witnesses say they are facing threats from armed separatists, who have warned them to stay off school, in solidarity to their quest for independence.

These suspected separatists in their numbers stormed student residential area, picking any they could. It is not the first time such an incident has occurred in the University milieu as students have often being used as bait for ransoms.

On October 30, two students from the institution sustained bullet wounds and were rushed to hospital fro medical attention after they came across a gun battle between military and armed separatists.

Saturday's  incident occurred few hours after lecturers of the University of Bamenda, called off a three week protest, towards rising insecurity on campus and attacks geared at them. It came on the heels of a futile attempt by suspected separatists, to kidnap a top official of the school last week.

The lecturers were reassured by the Governor of the North West, Adolphe Lele Lafrique that all security dispositions will be taken to protect both their lives and those of the students who have braved the odds to stay in school despite continuous attacks.

There's relative calm on campus this Monday, which is a ghost town in Bamenda. Lecturers such as Professor Mbufong Paul Kuban, former administrative assistant at the university was murdered last year in October on his way to school.


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