Five students abducted by Separatist Fighters in Bui Division of the Northwest are still in captivity over one month since they were taken for allegedly participating in Youth Day celebrations on February 11, 2023.
Six students of Government Bilingual High School Kumbo were abducted on February 12 and one of them later released but the whereabouts of five others are still unknown.
It is alleged that the students are being held at the separatists’ hideout at Nkobi in Kikaikom.
MMI learned among the missing students is a 16-year-old girl.
“Their parents are distressed and are demanded their immediate release,” a source in Bui told MMI.
“The parents have all denied that their children participated in the Youth Day parade as the separatists claim,” our source continued, adding that the abducted students have been blackmailed by people whose children have dropped out of school.
Prior to the Youth Day celebrations, separatists in the English-speaking Regions imposed a lockdown and warned people from participating in the celebrations.
The separatists have routinely enforced a boycott of national events in the English-speaking regions since 2017, when the Anglophone Crisis escalated into an armed conflict.
Many people who have defied the separatists’ order in the past have been killed in cold blood.
Mimi Mefo Info