The President of the Northwest Regional House of Chiefs and traditional ruler of Bambalang, Fon Yakum Kevin Teuvih, has been abducted by a suspected heavily-armed gang.
Sources in the village say the traditional ruler was kidnapped from his palace at about 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, by a gang suspected to be led by separatist self-proclaimed ‘General’ No Pity.
The Fon’s bodyguard who was with him when he was abducted is also reported to be missing.
According to sources within the palace, Fon Yakum Teuvih, who doubles as Vice President of the Northwest Regional Assembly, was in the palace performing some traditional rites when he was forcefully taken away by the assailants.
The sources revealed that the Fon, who was reported to have been away from the palace for quite some time, had returned only four days earlier to lead his people during the annual traditional festival when he was abducted.
The festival had not been celebrated for the past four years because of the unrest caused by the Anglophone crisis in the English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.
Unconfirmed reports say the kidnappers of the traditional ruler are demanding 20 million FCFA (about 40,000 US dollars) as ransom for his release.
Since his election into the Northwest House of Chiefs on Dec. 6, 2020, Teuvih has been very vocal, carrying out several consultations aimed at restoring peace and normalcy in the Northwest Region.
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