The President of the Magistrates Court in Wum, Menchum Division of the North West Region of Cameroon has reportedly been kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen operating between the Wum-Bamenda Road axis.
Justice Ntali Mukete Itoe, is said to have been picked up by the unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday, August 23, 2018, after which they disappeared with him to their hideout.
Following the kidnap of the Magistrate, mass arrests and torture have reportedly descended on the population since the incident happened.
Speaking to The National Times, locals recounted that when military reinforcement was drafted in from Nkambe and Bamenda, most of the boys had escaped into the bushes, abandoning their homes and leaving behind their mothers and grandparents at the mercy of Gendarmes and elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion better known by its French acronym as BIR.
It would be recalled that three weeks back, some four gendarmes were killed in Esu Wum. This triggered a military onslaught on the population.
The President of the Magistrate Court in Wum, Justice Ntali Mukete Itoe, was abducted on his way to Wum where he works.
According to information The National Times gathered, Justice Mukete Itoe was identified and pulled out of a public transport vehicle plying the Bamenda-Wum Road.
The incident later degenerated same day, when tensions heightened, leading to the burning of the office of the Divisional Officer (DO).
The kidnap of the officer of the court comes after similar incidents have been recorded in other parts of the restive English-speaking Regions of Cameroon as a result of the degenerating Anglophone Crisis.
Government workers or those serving in the public service have become targets of pro-independence fighters, who now treat such workers like enemies.
Calls for dialogue and ceasefire by neutrals, are still to find fertile grounds in the camps of the belligerents.