Amba Fighters Promise To Free Abducted Road Construction Workers After Torture
By Hope Nda
About 12 road construction workers abducted last week by separatist fighters in Ndian Division of Cameroon’s Southwest Region have been tortured by the fighters who claimed, in a video, that the workers were to be released after receiving “baptism” which is by beatings. The Post has, however, not been able to confirm if these workers were set free as promised.
In the video the fighters released during the weekend, nine of the workers, among them two women, were forced to kneel and one of the fighters, under the supervision of their leader, the self-styled “General” 10 Kobo, used a machete to lash them on their heads.
The fighters, heard commenting in the background, said they were going to release nine out of the 12 workers paraded in the video, while three were to be kept for the time being.
The separatist fighters claimed that they received no ransom fee from the workers, as has been the case with most separatist-led kidnappings.
The abduction of these workers came a few days after armed men believed to have been separatist fighters, killed the Supervisory staff of PAMOL Plantations PLC in Ndian Division, Mbombo Emmanuel, and his body found on Wednesday, 4 May 2022.
The separatist group that kidnapped the construction workers is the same group that claimed responsibility for the kidnap of six divisional delegates serving in Ndian last year. One of them was later found dead while five others are still being held captive.
Ndian Division, like other parts of Cameroon’s English-speaking Regions, has witnessed cruel incidents amid the over five-year-long crisis, including the killing of four students and a teacher on 24 November 2021, and the killing of the Ekondo-Titi Mayor, Divisional Officer and five others on March 2 this year.