Donga Mantung: Fear Grips Ako subdivision as Gunmen kidnap 22 persons

Mayor Nkanya Nkwai

The villages of Buku and Abafum that inhabits Akwancha and Abutu in Ako subdivision have been running away from their community after heavily armed gunmen stormed the villages.

The villagers say their private belongings were looted, money chartered away and goods stolen in broad daylight.

According to the Mayor of Ako, Nkanya Nkwai, the armed men were of the Fulani extraction and by their interaction with the indigenes, they came from Neighbouring Nigeria.

Mayor Nkanya notes that the armed men entered the community on Friday 31 March, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2023.

In total, 22 persons were abducted and till date their whereabouts is not known. 

The Mayor says for three days and counting, no contact has been made either to the families or to the municipal Authorities.

Described as the first of its kind, Ako Mayor has vehemently condemned the kidnapping and has called for their immediate and unconditional release.

Unfortunately, many people who fear for their safety have flooded rooms in Ako town and in Abongshie.

Quizzed about the availability of defense and security forces, the Mayor says Ako subdivision is in dire need of more uniform men as those on the  ground are largely insufficient.

He says the population can only sleep with both eyes close if the presence of the defense forces is felt across the subdivision.

Lying along the Cameroon-Nigerian border, there is huge trade along the Ako-Abongshie- Taraba state road and according to the Mayor, warrants an increased presence of the Cameroonian military and police.

The Mayor has launched a fervent appeal to the government to come to their aid and protect Ako subdivision. A report of the incidence he says has been submitted to the competent authorities.

Made up of 72,000 people, Ako subdivision is one of the five subdivisions that make up Donga Mantung. 

Nkambe, headquarters of Donga Mantung and its environs have been largely peaceful since the advent of the Anglophone crisis in 2016.


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