South West: Freed Hostages Reunite With Their Families

The 15 people captured by separatist fighters in Bessali, Lebialem Division reunited with their families during a ceremony in Kumba on October 15, 2020.

Some 15 persons taken into captivity by separatist fighters in Bessali, Wabane Subdivision, Lebialem Division of the South West Region, liberated by elements of the Sixth Military Battalion of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, (B.I.R) in the South West Region have reunited with their families.

A ceremony to that effect took place on Thursday, October 15, at the B.I.R Military Base in Mambanda, Kumba, presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Sivision, Chamberlin Ntou'ou Ndong, in the presence of the Commander of the Sixth Military Battalion of the Rapid Intervention Battalion for the South West Region, Lieutenant Colonel Maidoang Desire. Speaking at the ceremony, an elated Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Division reassured the freed hostages that the government of Cameroon will continue to protect the lives and property of the population.  He reiterated the Head of State, President Paul Biya’s call on the Separatist fighters to drop their arms and get to the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Centres in order to be reintegrated into the society, failure of which the consequences will be grave and weighty.  While commending the efforts of Cameroon's military in liberating the 15 persons taken hostage, the Meme divisional boss gave financial support to help the freed hostages overcome some challenges as they were reunited with their families.

Speaking earlier, Lieutenant Colonel Maidoang Desire, narrated how they undertook the difficult operation that led to the liberation of the hostages from the dungeons of the separatist fighters in Wabane Sub division in which their notorious leader, the so-called Major General Ayeke, 33, was neutralized and a huge consignment of ammunition and other gadgets retrieved from the destroyed camps of the separatist fighters.

A representative of the various families who came to take their love ones home heaped praises on the military for their professionalism as none of the ex-hostages were harmed. T...



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