Earlier today, over ten students of the University of Buea were kidnapped from the university campus. The kidnapped students are all players of the university of Buea Football Club (UB FC) and were taking part in a training session in preparation for the 22nd edition of the Cameroon all varsity games to be hosted by the University of Dschang from the 4th – 11th of May this year. Reports say the players were forcefully picked up at about 9: 00 am by three unidentified gunmen in the university football pitch behind the student’s restaurant.
The abduction has been confirmed by the head coach of the football club, Nicolas Asongu. Speaking to a sports website Kick442.com, Mr. Asongu said the exact number of the players abducted is yet to be established but confirmed that they were more than ten. The BBC has reported that the abducted students were fifteen in number.
The University administration is still to issue a statement on the abduction. Classes for the second semester were expected to resume today on campus. When Kamer Connect visited the campus, everything appeared to be calm and a couple of students were spotted moving in and out of the university. A military truck was also seen parading around campus, apparently to ensure the safety of students. However, the low presence of students on campus was an indication that the semester did not start off effectively as expected.
The University of Buea is the first Anglo-Saxon University in Cameroon, found in the heart of the South West region of the country. The South West region is one of the two English speaking regions currently affected by a sociopolitical crisis that has been termed ‘’The Anglophone crisis.”
The Anglophone crisis has been on for close to three years characterized by wanton killings, looting, burning, threats, and abductions among others.
This is the second abduction of sports personalities barely within hours in the two regions. Yesterday March 9th, the head coach of Young sports academy (YOSA), Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso was equally kidnapped by unknown gunmen. He was however released hours later.
YOSA is a football club in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon. In 2013, Mr. Bosso helped YOSA win the Cup of Cameroon.