Chief Elate John of Wotutu, a village in Fako Division, South West Region who was abducted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, has been freed.
The Chief, who was abducted by some unknown individuals, was liberated on by the military after an offensive gun battle with the Chief’s abductors.
According to reports from our source at the Buea Central Police, the military rapidly intervened minutes after the traditional ruler was abducted, Wednesday September 12.
The source at the Central Police Buea told The National Times that the military was on patrol in that area and chased the abductors, who later abandoned their motor bike and ran into the bush.
“Immediately the kidnappers forced the Chief to climb their motor bike, the military was on patrol around that area and quickly spotted the scene and began chasing them. The military fired several shots on them but nothing penetrated, except the Chief who was sitting in the middle of the rider and one the other person in the back. The Chief was shot in the leg causing the bike to fall. The abductors ran into the bush, while the military quickly rescued the Chief,” our source recounted.
The Chief was immediately taken to the Buea Military Hospital for medical attention. Chief Elate is said to be responding to treatment.
Meanwhile, in the cause of the rescue operation, two civilians were shot dead by stray bullets fired by the military.