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Irate Cameroon Villagers Raid Separatist Camp, Free Abducted Traditional Ruler

Some angry villagers in Kom, Boyo Division, Northwest Cameroon stormed the separatist fighters’ camp to rescue an abducted traditional ruler.

A furious crowd of Kom people in Boyo Division of the Northwest Region of Cameroon on Sunday raided the camp of separatist fighters and freed their paramount ruler (Fon) who the separatists had abducted.

Fon Clement Ndi II was kidnapped Sunday afternoon by separatists around Fujua in Fundong as he was returning from a thanksgiving mass in Njinikom.

Sources in Fundong said the separatists were angry with the paramount ruler for allowing himself to be guarded by government troops and visiting the Mayor of Fundong, Denis Awoh Ndang.

The separatists eventually told the Fon that he would be released if he stopped having anything to do with government authorities.

When news of the Fon’s abduction was relayed through the villages, irate youths mobilised  and  headed towards the separatists’ camp where the paramount ruler was being held.

As the crowd advanced towards the separatists’ hideout, the fighters quickly freed the Fon for fear of having to indulge in combat with the population.

The kidnapping of the Fon of Kom comes on the heels of the murder of three traditional rulers in Lebialem Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon by separatists Saturday night. 

The armed separatists in November 2020 kidnapped the Fon of Nso, Sem Mbinglo and Cardinal Christian Tumi, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Douala. 

The Fon was faulted for being a candidate in the December 2020 regional elections.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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