Ntankah Freed Hostages Reunited With Love Ones

Some of the released hostages and the Regional Delegate, parent and Colegion

The four hostages recently freed from the grip of Amba fighters at Ntankah-Mankon have reunited with their parents and the education family at a brief event at the Gendarmerie Legion Bamenda, this Saturday February 6, 2021.

Only three of the four were able to attend the event because the fourth was still recovering from a gun shot wound at the Bamenda Military Hospital. The four hostages, two students of GBHS Bayelle amongst were rescued by the security forces following a raid on the notorious Ntankah Amba Camp of general Lion. Four seperatist fighters were killed in the operation, five others arrested and four hostages liberated. They were found in squalid conditions and described their liberation as a “miracle”

“I am so happy that my kids are here with me… It’s nothing short of being professional” that the military goes into a camp and rescue children intact, without injuries, the Regional Delegate of Secondary Education said.

The regional delegate of Secondary Education NW

Today’s news of the rescue of two students comes just after the educational family in the region was informed that five female students held for over a week were rescued from Amba fighters in Oku, Bui Division.

The father of the kidnapped students said he feels very secure, very light for God has used the military to do a good job. He said they kidnappers demanded a ransome of 300 000 frs before releasing his kids. But thank God this is all over.

Parent of freed students

During the operation led by Major Onana Conrad, in Ntankah, four amba fighters were neutralized, 5 others captured and four hostages freed. Unfortunately one of the hostages was wounded in the cross fire but is responding to treatment at the military hospital in Bamenda.

NW Gendarmerie Legion Commander Col. Boum Bissoue saluted the increasing collaboration between the population and the defense forces. He encouraged the population to come forward to them with information about those threatening the peace. He urged the population to ” conquer the fear, let them be the whistle blower” and the security forces will take care of the rest.

Col. Boum J. Bissoue

The current crisis has adversely affected the education sector with teachers, students and schools amongst the highest kidnapped or destroyed. Statistics from the Regional Delagation of Secondary Education indicates that over 70 teachers and 20 students have been kidnapped since the begining of this school year.

By Abongwa Fozo

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