Armed men believed to be separatist fighters have released a man they kidnapped 24 hours ago, in Mile 16, Buea in the restive South West Region of Cameroon.
Ikaicheck Jacob, the victim, sources say, “was kidnapped in his bar at Mile 16 Buea on Wednesday, November 9, 2022…”
The fighters are said to have stormed the neighborhood, firing gunshots to disperse locals, before carrying out the act.
“Not long after that, they visited his house and cleared about 2 million FCFA (Over 3000 US Dollars ),” the source noted, adding that the family was compelled to pay the money under duress.
This, as they threatened to burn down their home.
But the ordeal was far from over. The separatist fighters who carted the bar owner away are said to have made contact with his loved ones, demanding a ransom be paid before his release.
Helpless, the family reportedly paid 2 million FCFA for his release.
Jacob is one of many civilians to suffer at the hands of Separatists who have been fighting for an independent state called’Ambazonia’ in the North West and South West Regions of the country.
Many other kidnapped victims have been tortured and even killed by separatist fighters in other instances.
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