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Kidnappings on the rise in Cameroon’s Anglophone restive regions

Medafrica Times | About 35 people, including two Tunisian engineers, have been kidnapped by armed groups in Cameroun’s restive South-West region last Saturday and Sunday.

The central African nation is witnessing an increase in kidnappings as crackdown against Anglophone minority continues in the country.

The body of Tunisian Khaled Tinsa was recovered on Monday during a rescue operation that freed another Tunisian engineer and two Cameroonian technicians, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said.

Ivo Leke Tambo, recently appointed chairman of Cameroon’s Anglophone educational board, abducted over the weekend was freed by his kidnapers early on Monday. A ransom of €152,500 was reportedly demanded.

The separatists, who have been pushing for independence from majority French Cameroon, have claimed responsibility for some of these kidnappings.

One of the main separatist forces operating in the area, the Ambazonian Defence Force (ADF), last month, claimed the kidnapping of a divisional officer, Namata Diteng and an administrative official.

They accuse the Francophone majority of discrimination. In January, 47 separatists, including their leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, were extradited from Nigeria. The Anglophone regions remain under curfew imposed by their respective governors. The curfews have been imposed supposedly to allow security forces to contain attacks by armed separatists.

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17 comments

  1. ‘One of the main separatist forces operating in the area, the Ambazonian Defence Force (ADF), last month, claimed the kidnapping of a divisional officer, Namata Diteng and an administrative official’.

  2. CameroUn forces are known for kidnapping. They are know to have kidnapped,rape behead and loot Ambalanders. Arrest of Camerounese and their supporters will continue

  3. This article is so biased. The person that wrote knows nothing about the struggle. What about the military kidnapping innocent civilians and asking 1.5million to be released. No one is reporting that. The African media houses need to start reporting real news. Rather than rely on hear say why not send people on the field to real news. Always the government spokesperson say, say tha. You think that government can tell the truth in anything?

    • Nothing stops you from going on the field and and report REAL NEWS through the agency of REAL SOURCES and fixers. Stop talking as though the task of uplifting your own society must be a responsible only for others… whilst of course, you relish in your eternal spectator role. Get yourself to work, man! Go to the field and obtain plausible data and present the alternative view.

  4. Sissikou Ayuk Tabe et al, had in no time, refered to themselves, their activities or
    anything related to the struggle as separation. These are the kinds of journalism,
    that Trump, president of the great nation, would wave aside as fake or immature.
    There is reason, why it would keep featuring on this website.

  5. **** FOOD FOR THOUGHT ****

    “New Caledonia has set a date for a referendum that will decide whether the French overseas territory should become independent. The independence referendum will be held in New Caledonia on 4 November 2018. Voters will be given the choice of remaining part of France or becoming an independent country.
    After decades of campaigning by separatists seeking to break away from France, the New Caledonia congress, the local legislative authority, has agreed to hold the vote on 4 November.
    The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his prime minister, Édouard Philippe, have said they hope the territory will choose to remain part of France. “

    • MY TAKE

      The right of SELF DETERMINATION cannot be suppressed with the help of the military.
      France has accepted a REFERENDUM as solution to the New Caledonia Question.

      France did not:

      1. create a Commission on Bilingualism, or
      2. translated the OHADA text or
      3. bribe the Fons to say they were against “secession”
      4. sent the military to commit war crimes or
      5. Shout that France is “one and indivisible”

      The MAJORITY of the Anglophones have stated they are fed up with the INFORMAL COHABITATION.
      Biya cannot suppress the will of the people.

      The killings, bribing and crimes against humanity perpetrated by LRC and Chad can only DELAY. It can NEVER EVER suppress the will of the people.

      IN THE END, THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY WILL PREVAIL

      • “In the 1980s there were clashes between French forces and indigenous Kanaks.
        The climax of that conflict was when Kanak separatists held a group of French gendarmes hostage in a cave. The French assault cost the lives of 19 Kanaks and two soldiers.”

        France finally realized that there was ZERO military solution to the New Caledonian Question. They then accepted the referendum as the way forward.

        LRC is now also using the Gendarmes and Chadian mercenaries to commit genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, In the end they will realize that the quest for SELF-DETERMINATION can NEVER be suppressed with AK47.

        It is simply a question of WHEN and not IF SC will free themselves from bondage.
        EX-CONVICT AtangaNA, the so-called Fons, France or LRC can DELAY but not PREVENT it.

  6. “In the 1980s there were clashes between French forces and indigenous Kanaks.
    The climax of that conflict was when Kanak separatists held a group of French gendarmes hostage in a cave. The French assault cost the lives of 19 Kanaks and two soldiers.”

    France finally realized that there was ZERO military solution to the New Caledonian Question. They then accepted the referendum as the way forward.

    LRC is now also using the Gendarmes and Chadian mercenaries to commit “genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity”, In the end they will realize that the quest for SELF-DETERMINATION can NEVER be suppressed with AK47.
    It is simply a question of WHEN and not IF SC will free themselves from bondage.
    EX-CONVICT AtangaNA, the so-called Fons, France or LRC can DELAY but not PREVENT it.

    • BIYA’S UNWINNABLE WAR WILL SURELY END WITH A REFERENDUM

      The choices in this Referendum should be:
      1. A “one and indivisible” LRC
      2. A “two and divisible” Cameroon
      2.1 An AUTONOMOUS State in a federation with LRC
      2.2 An Independent state of West Cameroon
      2.3 A Confederation
      2.4 Any other proposals by the UN or LRC

      The people of Southern Cameroons should then be allowed to make their choice. If they choose to remain in Biya’s “one and indivisible” LRC so be it

    • Dictator Biya singlehandedly started his UNWINNABLE war. However, the same Dictator Biya cannot singlehandedly stop the war. The consent of Southern Cameroonians must be sought.
      Simply put, it is very easy to start a war. However, it is very difficult to stop a war

      The de facto leaders of SC are WARLORDS. In order to stop this UNWINNABLE war Biya must negotiate with the warlords.
      Dictator Mobutu also swore that he will NEVER EVER negotiate with warlords.

      AND GUESS WHAT ????

      In the end, Dictator Mobutu negotiated with warlord Kabila.

      The noise Biya is now making is hollow.
      He can never defeat Southern Cameroonians, he has no money to fight an open-ended war. creditors will soon refuse to borrow him money. He will be forced to negotiate with the SC Kabila.

      • THE WAR CONTINUES……..

      • Apologists of Biya should stop asking me to go to SC to fight.

        The reason is simple: I AM ALREADY FIGHTING

        The truth of the matter is that modern day wars are not only fought with AK47.

        INFORMATION WARFARE IS NOWADAYS MORE LETHAL than AK47
        Proofs:
        1. LRC is always blocking the internet
        2. LRC hired chinese engineers to always jam SCBC signals
        3. Apologists of the junta are always BEGGING MVOMEKA to stop posting on this forum

        To whom it may concern:

        MVOMEKA IS A COLONNEL IN THE LEGION “INFORMATION WARFARE”

        His battlefield is the WWW

        Stop asking him to go to SC to fight

  7. Africans For Donald Trump

    The right od Self Determination can not be surprised by terrorism!
    The people of the NW/SW who do not want to be part of the delusional republic of ambazombies(dra) have the right of self determination. The people of the NW/SW like me who want to remain part of the one and only Republic of Cameroon have the right of self determination!

    The children of the NW/SW province who want to pursue their education have the right of self determination! The business owners in the NW/SW who want to pursue their daily business activities have the right of self determination!
    No amount of TERRORISM including burning of schools, kidnappings, amputating the arms of students, burning down business premises, killing of the policee officers can suppress this right!
    Long live TRC!
    Death to the dra terrorists!

  8. Africans For Donald Trump

    The right to Self Determination can not be suppressed by terrorism!
    The people of the NW/SW who do not want to be part of the delusional republic of ambazombies(dra) have the right to self determination. The people of the NW/SW like me who want to remain part of the one and only Republic of Cameroon have the right to self determination!
    The children of the NW/SW province who want to pursue their education have the right to self determination! The business owners in the NW/SW who want to pursue their daily business activities have the right to self determination!
    No amount of TERRORISM including burning of schools, kidnappings, amputating the arms of students, burning down business premises, killing of the police officers can suppress this right!
    Long live TRC!
    Death to the dra terrorists!