The government’s regional representative for social affairs in Cameroon’s North West region was kidnapped on 24 February, near the town of Batibo, which lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the regional capital city of Bamenda.
The government confirmed the kidnapping two days later, but failed to provide any information on the kidnappers. Anglophone separatist group Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The group had kidnapped the head of the Batibo district, Namata Diteng, two weeks prior. The ADF had previously been willing to exchange those kidnapped for Anglophone activists and separatists imprisoned by the government.
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