Updated: February 25, 2021
Security forces in Cameroon’s North West region have arrested at least three persons in connection to the abduction of former Secretary of State in Charge of Penitentiary Administration, Dr. Emmanuel Ngafeeson Bantar.
Emmanuel Ngafesson was kidnapped on Tuesday evening at his Ntabessi residence in Bamenda by unidentified armed men and taken away alongside his vehicle.
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On Thursday morning, security officers reportedly intercepted the vehicle at the Commercial Avenue in Bamenda but the driver of the vehicle escaped while three other occupants were apprehended and taken in for questioning, local media reported.
The suspects are currently being questioned by security forces in Bamenda as investigations to liberate the kidnap former minister continues.
Kidnappings and ransom collection have become a new-normal in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon and have often time been linked to the separatist fighters.
The separatists have since the escalation of the armed conflict in Anglophone Cameroon targeted government functionaries and other individuals loyal to the Biya regime.
Authorities were yet to comment on the kidnapping as well as what they are doing to release the former statesman and put an end to the rampant abduction of government personnel and civilians.