By Njodzeka Danhatu
The Vice-Chancellor, VC, of the University of Buea, UB, has called on students and staff currently “residing along the Muea to Mile 14 neighbourhoods to be vigilant and seek alternative accommodation in safe areas, while the State is putting in place measures to protect staff, students and University property.”
The VC’s call was made after two members of staff of the University Buea went missing between November 10 and 16 just after Dr. Irene Sumbele of the varsity and her husband suffered a similar fate, in the hands of unknown men.
In a communiqué released hours after the UB matriculation ceremony on November 17, by the Vice Chancellor of UB, Prof. Horace Ngomo Manga, said George Ongey, contract officer, research and cooperation and Dr. Charles Doumta, Lecturer and Head of Service for Records, Faculty of Health Sciences, were abducted on Sunday, November 10 and Friday, November 16, respectively.
Prof Ngomo, however, did not name those behind the abduction, though many fingers are been pointed at “Amba Boys” who are championing school boycott in the two English-speaking Regions.
The VC, in same communiqué, stated that the University is highly disappointed that these acts are causing untold hardship and grief to the families of the abducted and the University community.
To him, these acts are meant to intimidate, create fear and panic in staff and students and to disrupt the smooth functioning of the academic year.
Observing that the insecurity is on the rise, the VC cautioned staff and students of his institution resident around Muea, which is hard-hit by the crisis, to be vigilant and look for safer accommodation zones, while necessary security measures are being put in place to ensure the proper functioning of the institution which has become a major target of unknown men. The incident comes days after university lecturers in the hard-hit Anglophone regions have given the President Biya 21 days to solve the crisis, else, they will down their tools, due to the daily ordeals they have been going through, especially the risk of death that they face daily.