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School kidnap: More than 70 pupils seized in Bamenda

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Dozens of people, mostly school pupils, have been kidnapped from a boarding school in the west of Cameroon.
At least 79 students and three others, including the principal, were seized early on Monday morning in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region, a government official has told the BBC.

Regional governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique blamed separatist militias.

Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions have been hit by a secessionist rebellion in recent years.

Militias, who have been demanding the independence of the two English-speaking regions, have called for a school boycott.

But no single group has said it carried out the kidnapping at Bamenda’s Presbyterian Secondary School, which has pupils aged between 10 and 14.

A video of some of the children, believed to have been filmed by one of the kidnappers, is being shared on social media.

The students, all boys and crammed into a tiny room, all look nervous as the person holding the camera orders them to say their names and where they are from.

They also repeat the phrase: “I was taken from school last night by the Amba boys, I don’t know where I am.”

Amba is short for Ambazonia, the name of the new country that the separatists want to create.

One student, who managed to avoid capture by hiding under a bed, told the BBC that events unfolded quickly as the kidnappers entered the school.

“One of my friends, they beat him mercilessly. All I could think about was to just stay quiet. They threatened to shoot some people… all the big boys they rounded up, and the small ones they left them behind.”

A teacher at the school described what she saw as she entered the principal’s office after students had been taken from different dormitories.

“The military came in and went to the principal’s house where we realised that her door was bashed and entered into, the glasses are still there on the ground,” she told the BBC.

‘Praying for the kidnapped’

The moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, the Right Reverend Fonki Samuel Forba told the BBC that he had spoken to the kidnappers.

“They don’t want any ransom. All they want is for us to close the schools. We have promised to close down the schools,” he told the BBC.

“We hope and pray they release the kids and the teachers,” he added.

A government official later said a massive search had been launched for the hostages involving the Cameroonian army. “Every man has been called in,” the official said, according to AFP news agency.

It is not the first time students have been abducted in the area, known to be a stronghold of separatist fighters, reports the BBC’s Ngala Killian Chimtom.

On 19 October, five students of the Atiela Bilingual High School were taken by unidentified gunmen. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

The separatists say that the Cameroon school system suppresses the English-speaking system that the North-West and South-West regions inherited from the British.

Separatist rebellion

The militias, who want to create Ambazonia, began to emerge in 2017 after a security force crackdown on mass protests, led by lawyers and teachers, over the government’s alleged failure to give enough recognition to the English legal and education systems in the North-West and South-West.

The government was accused of relying heavily on people trained in the French legal and educational tradition to work in key posts and generally marginalising Cameroon’s English-speaking minority, who make up about 20% of the population.

President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982, was recently re-elected for a seventh term with more than 70% of the vote.

Opposition parties allege that the poll was rigged, but legal attempts to overturn the result failed.

Presentational grey line

Cameroon – still divided along colonial lines

  • Colonised by Germany in 1884
  • British and French troops force Germans to leave in 1916
  • Cameroon is split three years later – 80% goes to the French and 20% to the British
  • French-run Cameroon becomes independent in 1960
  • Following a referendum, the (British) Southern Cameroons join Cameroon, while Northern Cameroons join English-speaking Nigeria

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45 comments

  1. IG my advice to you guys is, “be warming up”.

    After the murder of that US citizen, now school children—another Chibok.

    Oh-oh, I don’t wish to be in your shoes right now…

    • Shut your big Bulu mouth. The kidnapper Mveng Armand Rostand is one of your Beto Bulu Terrorist Army from Nkoulfoulou. Vermin!

      • Wehti you dong nyé? Amba boys, after dem dong smoke nku, na dem sef-sef di cam report themselves for youtube. Na Antangana Nji be wuna scape goat jes non? Krish pipi.

        Blunder upon blunder. Anglo population for CMR go deal witi wuna soon—na dem di gee chop witi booze for LRC soldiers jes non.

        Wuna banga boys dem go hide for wusai again, witi all the bad wey dem dong caus’am for wa own pipi?

        Gen. Ivo di tok jes non sey yi di go back for NW—yi nova see anything yet.

        Na wuna sef-sef go do the work for finish wuna selves—ah no know why LRC di even worry sef.

        Loss sense pipi…

    • Zammy, Today is the first time I am hearing about this crisis on Canadian TV. Canadians are very very mad. This is the end of this Ambazonia nonsense. Their hate and foolishness has led them to failure. Which country in this world do they think will ever support an organization that kidnaps kids especially after the Chibook school girls were kidnapped by Boka Haram. Those their leaders are now shivering in Maryland as the FBI will surely go after them.

  2. kikikikikkikikikikikiki terrorist

    The terrorists can’t fight the war, therefore Ambasonia has been certified a terrorist organization.

    hahahahhahahahahahhahahahahah I feel very pity for ambasonia right now. kidnapping children at school nobody with forgiving you hahahahhaahhaha, what the children have to do with that. Only a COCO Yam Person we sit with you and dialogue bastard Nigerian descendant. ” SISIKU”

    • @Bamenda boy I feel very bad each time I don’t find ur comment in this forum my brother, well I rather feel sorry for those morrons sponsoring these crack-heads terrorizing our kids from education because the FBI would never have time to go after these crack-heads hiding in the bush, but they will rather go after their sources of finance which unfortunately they all reside in NATO countries. Na last time be time.

      • @Father of love,

        I warned many of them fools in this forum many months ago about sponsoring this folly. But the HATE in their hearts overwhelms their brains.

        EU/USA/SA know every single contributor, from head to toe.

        Anyway, no need to go after some of them—NATURE is already rewarding many with psychological fragmentation—most can no longer pick up their calls coz of fear of hearing a death announcement.

        I had a chat with some contributors a few weeks ago, when I told them the bitter truth they started weeping. They even hugged me before leaving, I was no longer LRC agent…

      • @Father of love

        thank you for your support, my dear brother.

        those traitors will pay a heavy price.

  3. What a retarded bunch of idiots.
    Kidnapping pupils is so $&@£¥€%#.
    You are giving ammunition to the GOC ago go hard on you.
    Now we can use napalm to flush your asses out of those holes.
    You will be defeated.
    After killing the American, no actions from your dreamed sponsors.
    I now believe most of you guys are high and very high on something.
    Bunch of $&@¥£€^#

  4. I pity the Biya regime not as Ambazonia is gaining grown on daily basis they never believe that the two cub of sugar can last for a year kikikikiki this November make it two years of resistance.
    Ambazonia has proven to the oppressor that the truth is truth there is nothing you can do to change the truth.
    The only solution to the winning struggle of the people of Southern Cameroon Ambazonia is total separation from the punch of thieves call the Biya regime
    And for the article Ambazonia is not a country the people want to create go and read the history of the two Cameroons before talking of a country they want to create you can only create what has never exists but these are two different countries that illigally came together

    • So your strategy is to kidnapp, kill and destroy the same people you are supposed to fight for?!

    • Africans For Donald Trump

      @Goodman

      You are a “pdginphone” and not an anglophone. You will surely blame the government of Cameroon for your inability to communicate in good English.

      The ambazombies have proven to their supposed oppressor that they are ready to go as low as to kidnap infants from school as part of their strategy to gain independence. The next step is for these terrorists to get into a hospital and kidnap new born babies as they measure their progress in this war by the number of kids they kidnap and rape.

      Ambazombie is an imaginary country that only exists in the minds of delusional and dumb people from the North west and South West of Cameroon. All reasonable people from the NW/SW of Cameroon know that the ambazombies are terrorists, cowards, conmen and armed robbers!

    • @ Good man Watch this: “Cameroon – still divided along colonial lines” Are you not ashamed of yourself? Please emancipate yourself from mental slavery as none but yourself can free your mind.

    • @goodman

      Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom

      don’t worry I will travel to the USA ” MARYLAND”.

  5. I don’t encourage the kidnapping of school children but the schools management should respect the laws of the land of Ambazonia.

  6. @ Zam Zam
    You are one of Biya gang member if you have nothing to offer go and sleep am one of the sponsors what can you do???
    I meant nothing can stop this struggle only God not even your American or France
    God punish Satan and his grandmother

  7. These “separatists” must be incredibly strong to break a government-imposed curfew, break through very many check points , drive ( or did they fly? ) 81 children to an unknown destination, leaving the the ubiquitous military totally powerless to do their usual professional job of “neutralizing” them!

    • ,,,smacks of Nera Hotel drama reenacted, n’est-ce pas?

    • Like I said before and it is becoming clear to me this is Biya organised rebellion….France is putting to much pressure on him to leave power since 2009…biya is killing France in cameroon with all theses troubles like you said john it is unbelievable that they will walk in walk out so easily

  8. LRC is known for kidnapping. Remember the tourist’s that the staged a kidnapping spree in the south west and the tourist disproved LRC. Nera 2 in bamenda. The where about of the children is known by colonial governor. Their soldiers kidnapped the students, there is a curfew for god’s sake

  9. The devil’s face! Look at that thing. Uggly like hell.
    Who gives birth to such things ? Jezzz…

    And some other uggly things are sponsoring and supporting this!

  10. @Zam-Zam ” I warned many of them fools in this forum many months ago about sponsoring this folly. But the HATE in their hearts overwhelms their brains.EU/USA/SA know every single contributor, from head to toe.”Bla bla bla..keep ranting here,while the seperatists continue to gain grounds.Everybody living in Ambazonia must be law abiding.The IG have said that there should be no schools in Ambazonia.Those who have ears,be it anglophones or francophones should listen.If u want to go to school,go to Biya’s country and attend school,and nobody will disturb u.Biya have no legitimacy as president in the Ambazonian territory.Anybody who want to risk the live of his child should do so,but let the person not regret latter,becos Biya will not safe their child.He has not safed DOs that were kidnapped

    • Africans For Donald Trump

      @Kongossa the child kidnapper and rapist

      You ambazombie terrorists are bunch of rapists who hide under the banner of freedom fighting to kidnap and rape kids!

      Who is the IG? The IG is made up of unsuccessful losers in the diaspora. These idiots cannot even lead their households yet they claim hey can lead a people! None of the IG members owns a wheel barrow or a hut in Cameroon! Non of these idiots commands a good job! These losers are not willing to sacrifice the education of their own kids yet they are ready to kidnap and rape the kids of any poor person from the NW and SW who can not afford to send their children to the French part of the country to attend school in safety!
      Evil terrorist cowards and conmen!

  11. A shameful regime that kidnaps children. Desperate people do desperate things. Who is this regime trying to fool. Nigerians were fooled by Chibok girls government’s staged kidnappings but Southern Cameroons is already too sophisticated for the LRC. They have killed as many soldiers with den Guns and imagine when they start getting sophisticated AK47s… the battle goes on until a new negotiation is reached which would take Southern Cameroons out of this LRC

  12. When biya or cpdm peoples come to bamenda they bring security for themselves…after they leave population and childrens on their own shameful…biya must go ..the most useless man cameroon gave birth too…anyway his tribe are all like him mademoiselle peoles….most mens from there are gay…womens prostitue like bikutsi

  13. SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

    **** Masked Pro-Biya Gunmen Busted Trying to Recreate Chibok ****

    WASHINGTON, DC, 5 November 2018 – Masked gunmen launched a series of terrorist attacks Sunday night and Monday morning in four towns of Ambazonia (formerly Cameroon’s English-speaking regions), kidnapping 81 students and a teacher from a boarding school, killing two primary school children on their way to school, amputating fingers from the hands of several plantation workers and lynching a civil servant on camera in a crowded street Monday morning.”

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      “The kidnapping of the students was ostensibly aimed at reenacting the kidnapping in April 2014 by Boko Haram of 276 Chibok Girls in Borno State (Nigeria) and, along with the other gruesome attacks and cold-blooded murders, signaled anew the extent to which the colonial regime of Mr. Paul Biya is willing to go in a desperate effort to convince the international community to list Ambazonia’s Independence Restoration Quest as a terrorist movement.”

      THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS NOT FOOLISH.

      BYE BYE LRC, NDIAN OIL HERE WE COME

    • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

      **** PROPHECY ****

      The children kidnapped by LRC FAKE AMBA BOYS will soon be “rescued” by LRC terrorist soldiers.
      Anglophone prisoners will be murdered by them and impersonated as Amba boys.

      This prophecy has already been sent to the US Embassy and State Department

      The meaning of:

      1. After the elections, Biya will do THIS….
      2. After the elections, Biya will do THAT…

      is now crystal clear to all and sundry.

      After the elections, Dictator Biya and his crime syndicate will use dirty tricks to deceive the international community. Dictator Biya is willing to go in a desperate effort to convince the international community to list Ambazonia’s Independence Restoration Quest as a terrorist movement.

      THE DIABOLIC PLAN IS A SHEER WASTE OF PRECIOUS TIME, ENERGY AND SCARCE RESOURCES

      • SEPARATIST aka SECESSIONIST

        EVERYTHING IN LRC IS FAKE

        1. Beti kidnapper with fake NOLLYWOOD BEARDS
        2. Name of the country is fake
        3. election results are fake
        4. Transparency International election observers were fake
        5. 2035 as emergence date is fake
        6. the indivisibility of the country is fake
        7. etc, etc.

        In sum, the so-called “one and indivisible” LRC is FAKE

      • and your profecy has seen the light of day.
        let us keep our fingers crossed n eyes wide open.
        The worst is yet to happen.

  14. This is not the first time this type of madness is happening. Remember the bus packed with university students in Lebialem? Remember what was done to Professor Leke Tambo? Remember the videos in which school pupils were attacked in school campuses, and children are running for their lives, while some are being beaten and threatened never to return to the campuses?

    Well, those were the days of the ridiculous ‘mother of all ghost towns’. Those clueless leaders are now begging for their lives. The government can now condemn them to death and publicly execute them, just like a joke!

    The videos on Youtube simply speak for themselves… even comments from delusional folks in this forum are very useful.

  15. Staged kidnapping to change the narrative of who murdered the American missionary.
    Just like the army executing women and babies in the far north of Cameroon, just like transparency International fake election observers
    This is an attempt by the Yaoundé tribal government to use these children to hide their genocide on Anglophones.
    So the militarization of Bamenda didn’t include Nkwen?
    The kidnappers are working with the same forces who claim they are protecting the population.
    The military shoot and kill American missionary in his car, shoot at taxis randomly killing passengers, shoot at bikers killing them but they were never able to shoot at a caravan of 80kidnapped college boys leaving Nkwen to their pre-selected location.
    Who is fooling who?
    Staged release by military coming!

    • The Southwest is militarized but you still find ways to murder Southwest chiefs and other innocent civilians… and amputate innocent people… you even succeed in smuggling rocket propelled granades as we see in Youtube videos. Oh, and by the way, several Nigerians have been caught fighting together with your termite warriors! Your Ambazombies killed the ‘English-speaking’ Whiteman, hoping to achieve something… and you are celebrating that victory, my dear. We all know it!

  16. I know Amba Boys won’t do anything to these school kids. THis is just a show of their Might.The kids would be released soon even without ransom.

    • The same way Boko Haram displayed their ‘might’ to the planet… and we all know the rest! At least, Boko Haram had their method which included transforming those little girls into precocious wives. But these Ambazombie termite warriors would amputate these children, if left alone!

  17. Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom Chakaboom

    kikikikkikikikikikkikikikikikkikikikikkikikikikik whahala ” Maryland ” USA, I hope all those ambasonias are safe there in Maryland state. I am coming to report them to the FBI. I have the list of name of those terrorists some of them are America citizen, Green card holder

  18. this kidnap is staged by larepublique.
    nobody is fooled.
    Ambazonia will be free. Mark my words.

  19. This is Atanga Nji work and Biya Paul to blame the Amabazonia even the kidnapper Engish is that of a Francofool we know the game very well
    The Amba boy are there to protect their community and LRC military are all over Ambazonia how come the enter a school in a city Center and take children away without Biya force knowledge??Biya and his gang are so desperate because Ambazonia is gone kikikikiki woaw God punish satan and his grandmother

    • You have all sorts of people within your group. This include Kamto’s men, and Nigerian criminals. You can’t fool anyone.

  20. Time will tell.
    we will never ever give up our freedom. To assume that we will after murdering our people and burning down our villages is to completely misunderstand how deeply we feel the differences between you and our people.
    we will never yield.
    Ambazonia will build its own society