By Eric Tataw – Thursday March 21, 2019.
Pictures, videos and other details of a total of twenty (20) kidnapped students of the University of Buea, one of Cameroon’s eight state-owned universities in Buea, a capital of the restive South West Region have been released to National Telegraph.
A National Telegraph stringer from Buea says the 20 students kidnapped at about 9 AM, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 are students of the University’s Football Team.
They were training at Wembley, the University’s field ahead of the University Games this May in Dschang, another Cameroonian town in the West Region before they were picked up and ferried to an unidentified location, says the stringer.
A spokesman of the group who carried out the act speaking from Limbe, a city close to Buea insisted the students weren’t kidnapped but arrested for violating the Laws of Ambazonia by training to participate in a Game in French Cameroon that isn’t authorized in Ambazonia, he added.
In some of the pictures, videos and details leaked to National Telegraph late Thursday March 21, 2019, the students looked relatively calm and were singing the Ambazonia Anthem.
While condemning the Cameroonian Government for failing to protect them but instead lying that there’s security when they do things in complete uncertainty, they lamented that only three Ambazonian Fighters picked them up, pointing at the weakness of the Cameroonian Army and officials.
A spokesman of the students said the “Struggle is real”, saying that the government can’t guarantee their protection. The students also cautioned their colleagues and other students to stay home until the Anglophone Crisis is resolved.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings. Insecurity has increased and life is near hell in these two regions.
On Tuesday March 19, 2019, Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosco, the coach of Yong Sports Academy (YOSA), a football team in Bamenda, a restive town in the North West was kidnapped by unidentified men and later released.
A former Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice in charge of Penitentiary Administration was also kidnapped. Dr. Ngafeeson Emmanuel Bantar was kidnapped late Monday March 18, 2019 in Bamenda, says a National Telegraph reporter in the city.