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Chief re-abducted 33 days after release from captivity

Collins Mbele Ndiba, Traditional Ruler of Ikiliwindi, Konye Sub-division, South West Region of Cameroon has reportedly been re-kidnapped 33 days after he was released from captivity The National Times has learnt.

Chief Ndiba was reportedly kidnapped, Friday, August 11, 2018, in the heart of his chiefdom. Unknown gunmen are reported to have stormed the chief’s palace and whisked him away. The mobile phone of the Traditional Ruler was reportedly discovered abandoned in the house after the second abduction.

Ndiba was first kidnapped on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He was freed on Saturday July 9 this year after spending 109 days in captivity.

In the first case of his kidnap, the Traditional Ruler was freed after prolonged negotiations. Back in February, Ndiba’s family entered negotiations with his kidnappers. The negotiations collapsed after the gunmen reportedly raised the ransom from FCFA 500,000 to FCFA 1.5 million. His wife, a lawyer by profession parked out of Kumba after threats from unknown gunmen.

When The National Times encountered Chief Ndiba few days after his first release from captivity, he showered praises on God for saving his life during the difficult times in the bush. Ndiba resides in the Kosala neighbhourhood of Kumba and often times visit his village from the metropolis.

Ikiliwindi has registered deadly protests since the Anglophone Crisis started. In the process, scores of youths were arrested and detained at the Kumba Principal prison. Later, some regained freedom. Relatives who could not see their loved ones reportedly went on the rampage. Some reportedly accused the chief of having a hand in the arrest and detentions.

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