The kidnap of councilors in Njinikom Subdivision in Boyo Division of the North West Region has become a recent development coming with already existing security challenges in the area.


Councilor Bangha Mercy Neng of the Muloin council constituency was the first victim to be taken away by the kidnappers. According to our sources in Muloin Ninikom, she was kidnapped in the night of March 28. Shortly after her kidnap, it emerged that the kidnappers were asking for a ransom of FCFA 1.5M. From what we gathered she was freed on Thursday at about midday after her husband; a pastor of the Baptist Church and the family managed to secure half the ransom amount with the promise that they were going to complete the money. At press time facts were still sketchy as to whether the money was completed. 
The municipality was trying to get settled with the case Councilor Bangha Mercy, news of Councilor Mawein Lawrence kidnap emerged from his community of Bobong a Council constituency still in Njinikom. According to our sources in Bobong, he was kidnapped from his residence at about 2pm Friday March 30. At press time Councilor Mawein is said to have gained freedom but nothing has been heard about how much ransom was paid.
Speculations are rife that the kidnappers have pitched their tent in a Belo Subdivision though information on the kidnap of a councilor of the Belo Council remains sketchy at press time.
Several persons are of the opinion that the kidnappers are part of what is now called the Ambazonia fighters punishing the councilors for violating the call for a boycott of the just past senatorial elections. Others are however of the school of thought that hardened criminals looking for money are the ones who are responsible for the kidnaps and demand for ransom.
Reports say panic has gripped the municipality of Mayor Chah Bam Terence following the two cases of kidnap as everyone ponders over who is next. 
During the March 25 Senatorial elections, of the 25 Councilors of the Nijinikom, two voted through proxies.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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