“Unacceptable”: Catholic Bishop in Cameroon on Deadly Attack on Civilians

Vehicles near St. Luke Junction along the Buea Central Market Road and in front of the Divine Mercy Co-Cathedral burnt by unidentified gunmen on 29 January 2024. Credit: Mimi Mefo Info

The Catholic Bishop of Buea Diocese in Cameroon has condemned the killing and injury of innocent civilians and vandalism after “unidentified gunmen” attacked Buea Central market in his Episcopal See.

One person was killed and another injured following the Monday, January 29 attack, Cameroon’s MimiMefo Infos reported January 30

In a statement shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, January 30, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi says that he learnt with a “heavy heart the recent tragic events that have unfolded in our beloved city of Buea.”

Bishop Bibi narrates the attack, saying, “As many of you may already know, an attack by unidentified gunmen took place last night, resulting in one death and some casualties still to be confirmed. Vehicles near St. Luke Junction along the Buea Central Market Road and in front of the Divine Mercy Co-Cathedral were burnt.”

“These acts of violence are unacceptable, and we condemn them in the strongest terms,” the Cameroonian Catholic Bishop says.


Bishop Bibi extends his “deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and encouragement to those injured.”

He says, “At this painful moment, we must come together as a community and find solace in our faith.”

“It is only through our steadfast faith that we shall find both the hope and courage to face the uncertainties that surround us,” the Local Ordinary of Buea Diocese since his installation in February 2021 says.

He urges the people of God in the Central African nation to extend “support and love to all those who have been injured in this attack.” 

Cameroon’s English-speaking regions plunged into conflict in 2016 after a protest by lawyers and teachers turned violent. An armed movement of separatists claiming independence for the so-called republic of Ambazonia emerged following the government’s crackdown on protesters. 

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School boycotts have become common in these areas, as have enforced moratoriums on public life, resulting in what is known as "ghost towns".

In his January 30 statement, Bishop Bibi calls upon the population to “remain vigilant, but also to exercise prudence and caution during these challenging times.”

“Let us prioritize our safety and that of our fellow Brothers and Sisters and pray for peace to return to our beloved city of Buea,” the Catholic Church leader, who started his Episcopal Ministry as Auxiliary Bishop of Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese in March 2017 says.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.