Updated: March 2, 2021
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At least nine students and their secondary school principal have been kidnapped in the crisis-hit Anglophone area in Cameroon.
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Chris Anu, the US-based spokesman for the secessionist movement in Cameroon made the announcement in an emergency audio message sent to Today News Africa in Washington DC on Monday.
He said the students were kidnapped on Monday on their way to the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bafut Sub Division in Mezam Division, North West Region, Cameroon.
Anu blamed the kidnap of the students on the Cameroonian security forces, saying that it was based on an intelligence.
He said without giving any evidence that the security forces from Bamenda were given “instructions” last Thursday to kidnap the students.
He said those who kidnapped the students were wearing Cameroonian military uniforms.
But the Cameroonian government had accused the secessionists of setting classrooms on fire to draw sympathy from the international community.
Bafut is one of the twenty one Protestant Secondary Schools of the Presbyterian Education Authority (P.E.A.) – an Institution under the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (P.C.C.)., with the Moderator of the P.C.C. as Proprietor.
The co-educational and full-time boarding school is located in Bafut Sub Division, in Mezam Division, North West Region, Cameroon. The school admits boys and girls – both Anglophones and Francophones, from all regions of Cameroon and abroad and from all religious inclinations. The current student enrolment of the school stands at 1,222 (701 girls and 522 boys).
P.S.S. Bafut was created in 1988 and has as mission to provide society-based devoted, sustainable and affordable high moral, quality Education to all, at all times within available resources, according to online information.