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Ex-Cameroonian judge critical of separatists released by captors

Ex-Cameroonian judge critical of separatists released by captors


A former Cameroonian top judge abducted last Saturday in the restive SouthWest region has been released according to local media reports.

Justice Mbeng Martin was released on Wednesday after four days in captivity. A local journalists said he was sent for a medical check up in the town of Mamfe after his release.

Justice Mbeng, a known critic of the Anglophone separatists groups, was abducted by armed men on Saturday morning in the town of Ewelle in the Manyu Division. He had apparently gone to attend the funeral ceremony of his mother.

Kidnapping is a model some of the separatists elements in the country have resorted to, the judge was the fourth top government official to be held.

Two others remain in captivity, a soldier and another top government official. Whiles the head of exams in the Anglophone region was also abducted and later released.

The known separatist group under the banner of the so-called Ambazonia republic have said they are not behind the kidnappings.

Their armed wing, the Ambazonia Defense Force (ADF) says it targets members of the security forces who it considers occupiers, so far about 24 members of the security forces have been killed in guerilla style attacks, usually at checkpoints.

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