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Cameroon Soldiers Continue Attacks On Catholic Church.

By Eric Tataw – Thursday February 21, 2019.

Cameroon Soldiers Continue Attacks On Catholic Church.

Bishop Micheal Bibi, Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese in the middle visited refugees in Nigeria alongside Bishop Andrew Nkea of Mamfe in white.

The Cameroon military in one way or the other has continued with its attacks on the Catholic Church. In the past months, as the armed conflict in the North West and South West escalates, the Church has remained under constant attack.

The Cameroon military has unleashed contagious attacks on clerics, their family members, family properties and congregants, National Telegraph has gathered. The Catholic Church has hardly dealt with one military attack before another would emerge.

The most recent cleric client to the brutality and inhumane treatments of the Cameroon military is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bamenda.

The family residence of Bishop Micheal Bibi in Bamessing, a war-torn town in Ngokentunjia Division, North West of the country, has been completely burnt down Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

A source told National Telegraph the incident at Bishop Bibi’s family residence is a big blow to the Catholic Church, adding that it was intentional.

According to our source, the Bishop’s family residence was burnt down on instructions, citing that the Bishop is suspected of aiding armed groups. Our source didn’t give any further details on the allegation.

In Mbeme, a palm oil-rich community in Upper Banyang Sub-division, Manyu Division in Cameroon’s twitchy South West Region, the mother of a priest of the Mamfe Diocese was amongst four persons shot and killed by the Cameroon military, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Mission Quarter, Mbeme.

The fervid Catholic Christian, Mbanwi Rosaline, mother to Rev Fr Henry Mbanwi of Mbeme village, a vibrant Catholic Woman was shot and killed in her own neighbourhood.

Eyewitnesses say the soldiers had disguised like traders purchasing oil, all dressed in civilian apparel in a private car before opening fire on villagers who rushed towards them to inquire oil prices, precisely at Idle Park in Mission Quarter. The Mamfe Diocese and the Mbeme Parish are very aggrieved, a source said.

The military has reportedly gone gaga with their guns in the two English-speaking Regions, shooting and killing Men of God, especially in the Catholic Church. Reports also say this isn’t the first time a Catholic Christian is being killed.

Fr. Cosmas Omboto Ondari, a Mill Hill Priest from Kenya, serving as the Parochial Vicar of the St Martin of Tours Parish in Kembong, some few kilometers from Mamfe, the headquarters of Manyu, South West of Cameroon was also shot and killed in front of the Church by the military at about 3 PM, Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Cameroonian military opened fire on another Priest. Rev Fr. Alexander Sob Nougi, Former Education Secretary for the Diocese of Buea who at the time of his death was Parish Priest of Bomaka in Buea was shot in Muyuka, another unruly town in the South West. 

Grisly scenes of the contingent military-styled execution of priests and their relatives and congregants abound across the North West and South West Regions. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Yuven Francis, the 68-year-old father of Rev Fr. Valentine Yuven, Principal of Saint Peter’s College Kumbo, a war-torn town in the North West was burnt alive in Meluf, close to Kumbo.

At about 7 AM just after mass on Friday July 6, 2018, Fr. Innocent Okeke from Awka Parish in Anambra State in Nigeria on secondment to the Mamfe Parish serving as the Parish Priest of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Ossing in Eyumojock Sub-division, Manyu Division was arrested in front of the church, stripped naked and transported in a military truck to Mamfe where he was detained before the Bishop of Mamfe, Dr. Andrew Nkea intervened.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2018, soldiers harassed Christians in Okoyong, a Catholic Community close to Mamfe, headquarters of Manyu Divison, a restive district in Cameroon’s South West. The soldiers, reports say broke into the Priests’ residence of Saint Peter and Paul Parish Okoyong, looking for men who fled for safety.

Fr. Jude Tar, a former Abbot of the Cistercian Monastery in Mbengwi, now serving as the Curate of Njinikom Parish was shot on the leg by the Cameroon military. Rev Sr. Roberta, a Calasanzian Sister of Daughters of Divine Shepherdess was also shot on the leg while she visited her family in Njinikom, a restive town in Boyo, an unruly Division in Cameroon’s embattled North West.    

Fr. Peter Paul Ibeagha, a Nigerian Priest at the Mamfe Dioecec was amongst the first Catholic Priests to be attacked. He was attacked by the Cameroon military right in front of the Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, headquarters of the Mamfe See. The attacks on priests, parishes and their families abound.

 Insecurity has greatly increased in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon with Anglophone armed groups fighting pro-government soldiers for the Restoration of the statehood of the former British Southern Cameroons fondly called Ambazonia.

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