Two youngsters in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon have died under circumstances attributed to gunmen.
They were whisked into the unknown for reportedly defying separatists’ threats to vote in last Sunday’s Presidential election.
Ngoh Gilbert, 39 and the other victim whose only name The National Times got as Emmanuel were abducted from the Barombi-Kang village in Kumba metropolis.
Their lifeless bodies were later discovered in the early hours of Wednesday, October 10.
Reports hold that the gunmen accused them of being traitors to participate in an election which separatists considered a nullity in the trouble-plagued North West and South West Regions.
Ngoh, a father of two, is a conspicuous face across the city of Kumba. He was a fuel attendant at a popular filling station in Kumba.
The man fondly known in Kuma as ‘Ajibo La Pepper’ recently celebrated in 39th birthday before life was snuffed out of him by the gunmen.
The other victim of the same incident, Emmanuel is also said to have been killed in the same Barombi-Kang village. Details about his identity are still sketchy.
It is unclear if the duo voted in the October 7 Presidential election in line with the accusations believed to be coming from gunmen loyal to separatists.
In the meantime, another Kumba city dweller around the Mbonge road neighbourhood has reportedly been kidnapped for also voting in Sunday’s poll.
Reports hold that the said individual returned to his neighbourhood boasting of having been paid FCFA 10,000 to vote.
Days after, gunmen stormed the Lawyer Enow Street residence of the man and took him to the unknown.
Before these post-voting developments, some sub section executive members of President Biya’s ruling CPDM party were also reportedly kidnapped in Kumba.
They went missing 24 hours after the party launched campaigns at the Kumba City Council hall under military surveillance.
Now, public anger over the killing of the two youths continues to rise. The Meme administration and other political stakeholders are yet to make any public statement regarding the issue.