Buea, 13 February, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Buea Diocese in Cameroon “learnt with a saddened heart” about the murder of five plantation workers after the truck they were travelling in came under attack in Tiko, a locality in his Episcopal See.
On February 10, suspected Separatists fighters opened fire on the truck that plantation workers of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) – the country's largest state-owned agro-industrial company – were traveling in, killing at least five persons and injuring dozens, Reuters reported.
In his Monday, February 13 statement shared with ACI Africa, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi says he “vehemently” condemns the attack and murder of plantation workers.
He says he “learnt with a saddened heart the tragic news about five workers of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) Banana Group, comprising four men and one woman, shot dead and several others wounded on Friday, February 10, 2023.”
Making reference to the February 11 press release of the CDC General Manager narrating the attack, Bishop Bibi says, “The workers were returning from work at about 5:30p.m. when unidentified gunmen attacked the personnel carrier transporting them along the stretch of road off the Tiko-Douala road from Mondoni Oil Mill found in the circumscription of St. Peter's Parish, Mudeka, in Diocese of Buea.”