Priest kidnapped in Mamfe diocese

Vatican News | A priest of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese, Msgr. Julius Agbortoko, has been abducted by persons who identified themselves as separatist fighters. According to Church officials, the kidnappers are asking for a steep ransom for his release.

By Vatican News staff writer

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko, the Vicar General of the Mamfe diocese, is the latest victim of kidnappers in Cameroon’s restive anglophone region.

A statement from Fr. Sebastine Sinju, Chancellor of the Mamfe diocese, explained that the Monsignor was abducted upon his return from Kokobuma where he had spent the weekend on a pastoral visitation and for the inauguration of the presbytery of the parish.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I bring to your notice the sudden abduction of the Mgr. Julius Agbortoko,” on Sunday, 29 August 2021, read the statement.

Dreadful incident

According to the statement, Msgr. Agbortoko drove in on Sunday just before 6 pm. About half an hour later, some young men who “identified themselves as separatist fighters” entered the compound of the Major Seminary and made their way to the residence of Bishop Lysinge. While there, they noticed the presence of the Vicar General whom they considered younger and stronger than the Bishop emeritus.

The kidnappers are currently asking for a ransom of over 20 million Francs CFA, the statement adds.

“I call on all of you to invoke the One Family Spirit and pray unanimously for his safety and his subsequent release,” Fr. Sinju urged.

He further seized the opportunity to denounce the attacks on “the Church in general and that of Mamfe in particular,” and called on the stakeholders of the ongoing crisis in the country to “kindly hands off the Church, for God’s sake.”

Cameroon’s crisis

Msgr. Agbortoko’s kidnapping joins a series of abductions and attacks in Cameroon’s separatist agitations in the English-speaking regions, which turned into armed conflict in 2017.

This latest abduction comes just over three months after another priest of Mamfe diocese, Fr. Christopher Eboka, was seized but later released after nine days.

According to the UN, the fighting in Cameroon has led to the deaths of thousands and has forced over 700,000 people to flee for their lives to other countries, including neighboring Nigeria.

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6 comments

  1. hahahaha weeh this ambazonia people go kill me with laugh and foolish. so this is the war you are fighting.
    hahahahaha. bunch of kidnappers say independent fighters. keep contributing money and buying guns for fools to kidnap your parents say struggle. nonsense.

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  2. Once more Atanga Nji boys were in action. As usual they “identified themselves as separatist fighters”.
    The same Atanga Nji boys are planning to kill Nigerian border guards. Of course, they will identify themselves as so-called “separatist fighters”: LRC is yearning for the Nigerian military to enter SC.

    LRC HAS BECOME VERY DESPERATE INDEED:

    BYE-BYE LRC; BAKASSI OIL HERE WE COME!!!!!

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    • hahahaha at times i look at people who support ambazonia comedy like they are suffering from mental illness.

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      • A pot, calling a kettle black. Forty years and counting of Biya`s failed
        rulership, why doesn`t that surprise you you are still supporting and
        believing in him like your God?
        These are the sort of fools, who will never know what is good for them.

        • JOSHUA,,,,,now that we can’t remove him from there,what should we do?join you blindly to take up arms against younde without taking time to think through the consequences of such a decesion,or looking for strategies to divert obstacles and move foward?

          if we remain calm thoughtful and rational, carefully weighing all uptions and the consequences.we will conclude without possibility of doubt that the best uption is giving up any attempt to change goverment or obtaining seperation.then concentrating on what is attainable withen the current framework,industrial transformation.this we can achieve by going from mechanise agriculture,transformation to finished products,manufacturing ,industrilization and modernization.what should interest us is the end result not how we get there.

  3. The way this kidnapping was staged and ransom asked tells you that it is LRC at work.Waste of time…..