AA / Yaoundé / Peter Kum
A Catholic priest, Monsignor Agbortoko Agbor, has been kidnapped by separatists in the English-speaking southwest of Cameroon, the chancellor of the diocese of Mamfé, Reverend Father Sébastien Sinju, announced in a statement on Monday.
“Another prelate of the diocese of Mamfé has been kidnapped,” the statement read.
On May 22, Father Christopher Eboka, director of communication for the diocese of Mamfé, was kidnapped by separatists and released 10 days later, on June 1.
“Young boys who presented themselves as separatists, landed Sunday evening at the campus of the major seminary of Mamfé and kidnapped the priest they considered younger and more solid than the archbishop emeritus of the said diocese”, underlined the communicated.
“The kidnappers demand a ransom of 20 million CFA Francs (about 30,489 euros) before the release of Monsignor Agbortoko Agbor”, noted Sébastien Sinju adding that he condemns the attacks against the church in general and the diocese of Mamfé in particular.
Abductions of priests are legion in the English-speaking area of Cameroon.
On November 23, 2018, four religious from the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – better known as the Claretians – were abducted with their driver.
The bishops were not spared by these kidnappings. Cardinal Christian Tumi, the late Archbishop Emeritus of Douala and main mediator of this crisis, had been kidnapped twice, first on November 5 and 6, 2020, then on January 30, 2021.
Mgr Michael Miabesue Bibi, current bishop of Buea in the South-West had been kidnapped on December 5 and 6, 2018, he was then auxiliary bishop of Bamenda, in the North-West.
In June 2019, the now Archbishop Emeritus of Bamenda, Bishop Cornelius Fontem Esua, was also kidnapped and two months later, Bishop George Nkuo, Bishop of the diocese of Kumbo (north-west) suffered the same fate.
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