Rev Fr William Neba Principal of St Bede’s College Ashing Kom kidnaped last Monday while celebrating Holy Mass in the College Hall with students has been freed.

A press release made public yesterday by the Director of Communications Archdiocese of Bamenda Ref Fr Tatah Humphrey Mbuy confirmed the release stating “The Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Essua and his auxiliary, His Lordship Michael Miabesue Bibi, are happy to announce that Fr William Neba has been released this day Wednesday 2 May 2018, and is at the Archbishop’s House.” 

We have not been able to get details about the release as to where he was seen and whether a ransom was paid but some sources are of the opinion that Fr Neba was abducted by persons advocating for school boycott and since the abduction ended with the unceremonious closing of St Bede’s College that is why he might have been released.
“The Bishops thank God for bringing this trying moment to an end. The bishops also thank all the priests, religious, Christians and all people of God will for their fervent prayers and concern. They equally thank all those who collaborated in any way to ensure the safe release of Fr Neba. The bishops call on all Christians to continue praying that the present socio-political situation we are going through may be brought speedily and peacefully resolved.” The release concludes.
No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnap. Kidnappings are however not new to the area with several state related officials amongst them an Inspector of Basic Education and Councilors seized recently and later release after the payment of ransoms.
Ashing is located in Belo Subdivision of Boyo Division in the NW region where there has been a running gun battle between unidentified persons and defense forces. This has led to the huge loss of lives and destruction of property. Hostilities around communities in the area have been linked to the ensuing crisis in the North West and South Regions which have affected education activities negatively with repeated calls for school boycott lasting for close to two years.
The Cameroon Teachers Trade Union CATTU has rated school attendance in rural areas like Ashing-Belo across the concerned regions at less than 11percent. With growing attacks on the few educational facilities, it is likely the percentage will drop before the school year runs out.
NW Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique Tchffo Deben says Security measures have been taken to protect those involved in end of course examinations to ensure a hitch free examination session.
Despite this assurance, Confessional schools like the Catholics our sources say are already taking dispositions to have their students sit end of course examinations in City Centers like Bamenda where attacks have been less in the recent past with visible security presence.
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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