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Cameroon: Two Buea University staff abducted

November 20, 2018

By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon) At least two members of staff of the University of Buea has been abducted by unidentified gunmen, the Vice Chancellor of the institution Ngomo Horace Manga has revealed. Mr George Arrey, a contract officer at the Research and Cooperation Office and Dr. Doumta Charles , Lecturer and Head of Service for Records at the Faculty of Health Sciences were abducted on the 10 and 16 November respectively, the Vice Chancellor said in an official statement “These acts are meant to intimidate, create fear and panic among staff and students and disrupt the smooth functioning of the acaemic year,” the Vice Chancellor said. Students and teachers have been the target of armed men since the escalation of the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. It’s just been over a week that Dr. Paul Mbufong, lecturer at the University of Bamenda was buried after he was murdered in Bambili. The University of Bamenda has since accused armed men of carrying the act. Reports from Bamenda and Buea indicate a timid presence of students on both university campuses as with the rising insecurity. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea has cautioned his members  of staff and students to take various security measure around neighbourhoods where their security and safety could be threatened. “The University (of Buea) is recommending that staff and students residing along the Muea to Mile 14 neighbourhoods to be vigilant and seek alternative accomodation in safe areas while the State is putting in place measures to protect the staff, students and University property,” the Vice Chancellor Ngomo Horace Manga said.

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