American Sect Suspect Detained In Bamenda

Bamenda City

Bamenda City

An American citizen from South Carolina, who has been living in Bamenda since 2010, is under police custody for alleged occult practices. Benge Leef Junior, 61, was whisked-off from Foncha Street where he transformed his residence into a church known as “Touch Ministries Association” abbreviated TMA.

The story goes that in the afternoon of Sunday, March 17, one boy by name David Bratly Song, 15, was found at the home of Benge Leef Junior. Song later disappeared and the parents could not trace his whereabouts. His mother, Mrs. Josephine Mbah, found a note the boy left on his bed begging his mother to forgive him for any wrong-doing because he had been besieged by the devil and he could die at any time.

  The mother mounted a manhunt only to be tipped by peers of her son that Bratly was seen a day before entering Benge Leef’s home, who coincidentally lives in the same neighbourhood with them. Quizzed by Bratly’s mother, Benge Leef refuted the allegations, stating that he was not keeping any child.

Neighbours insisted that they saw Bratly enter Benge’s home. The next day, Monday, March 18, as early as 5 am, Bratly’s mother decided to block the entrance into the house of the American, shouting that she wanted her child dead or alive. This drew the attention of a crowd that gathered and more testimonies were made against Leef Junior. The crowd then threatened to burn Benge’s residence but the police intervened.

Benge’s neighbours revealed how he would extract sperms and blood specimens from young boys between 14 and 17 around Foncha Street, for unknown reasons. He reportedly did this on daily after offering the boys breakfast. The neighbours also accused the American of pedophilia with young boys who came his way. After listening to Mrs. Mbah, the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam, Felix Nguele Nguele, accompanied by forces of law and order, searched the residence of Benge in vain.

The SDO requested to have documents relating to what Benge does for living. It was then that the SDO discovered that the American was issued an acknowledgement receipt by the former SDO for Mezam, Joseph Bertrand Mache Njouonwet, on October 27, 2010, to create an association known as “Touch Ministries Association”. He was issued the document alongside one Genesis Cheh, a teacher who hails from Nkwen, Bamenda III.

Cheh is the President of TMA, while Benge Leef is Chairman and Preacher of the “church”.

 According to the founders, the objectives of TMA among others are to promote good health practices, provide technical support in building of facilities, disinfection techniques, and proper water storage.

They also claimed they were out to assist villages realise community development projects, promote co-habitation amongst people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds and to train inhabitants in remote villages to recognise and treat about a dozen common diseases.



Other members of the Touch Ministries include; Adduh Dawou Jadah, Secretary General (nurse from Ndop), Mohamadou Bello Buba – Treasurer (teacher from Bali Nyonga), Ruth Benge Hanna (Lecturer from South Carolina USA (wife) and Kenneth Ray Benge Public Relations Officer (Engineer from North Carolina). The SDO has withdrawn the authorisation of Touch Ministries. At press time, David Bratly Song, who is alleged to have been kidnapped, returned home to his parents on Tuesday, March 19, recounting a strange sexual relationship he had with Benge.

By Chris Mbunwe

Source: The Post


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