By Paul Njie, In Buea
A journalist working with Community Radio Bonakanda, Mary Namondo has been kidnapped by alleged separatist fighters.
She was whisked in the morning of Tuesday August 3, while on duty at the community radio headquartered in Bonakanda Village, South West region. Unidentified gunmen whom locals believed to be separatist fighters stormed the radio, and reportedly set part of the structure ablaze, though the fire was not widespread. It was quickly contained by neighbours, TWIF NEWS has learned.
” Some Pro-independence fighters stormed the Bonakanda Rural Radio in the South West region and set a portion of it ablaze and went away with the female journalist who was on board,” a source in Bonakanda told TWIF NEWS.
It is not clear why the journalist was abducted, but sources say the village was heavily militarised at the time of her kidnap.
A source in the village told TWIF NEWS that a man who works at a local poultry around the radio was arrested by the military, on allegations that he knew the whereabouts of the separatists.
“He was taken away by the military. The military claims that he is the one keeping those boys [separatist fighters],” said our source. However, TWIF NEWS cannot independently confirm this.
Mary Namondo still remains in captivity, and her abductors are yet to make any demands. Reports say the Station Manager of Radio Bonakanda, Ndumbe Evambe Amos called Namondo’s telephone line, but the call was picked by a man — allegedly one of the abductors — who said he would get back to the Station Manager afterwards.
“The family is just worried about their daughter and they’re also praying for her to be released safely,” said our source.
Mary Namondo is not the first journalist to be kidnapped by armed men believed to be separatists since the start of the Anglophone crisis. Journalists in Cameroon have condemned the frequent attacks on their colleagues by separatists and have called for the immediate release of their colleague, reiterating that journalism is not a crime.
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