Douala, 30 August, 2021 / 9:08 pm (ACI Africa).
The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese has reportedly been abducted by separatist fighters operating in the Central African country’s troubled English-Speaking regions.
In a Monday, August 30 statement, the Chancellor of Mamfe Diocese announces the abduction, explains how the Catholic Priest was kidnapped, and the ransom the kidnappers are demanding.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I bring to your notice the sudden abduction of the Mgr. Julius Agbortoko, yesterday Sunday 29th August, 2021,” Fr. Sebastine Sinju says.
The Vicar General, Fr. Sinju explains, “had spent the weekend at Kokobuma for a pastoral visitation and the inauguration of the presbytery of the parish.”
Some 30 minutes after returning to his residence “yesterday at about a few minutes to 6pm,” the Chancellor narrates, “some young men who identified themselves as separatist fighters bumped into the Major Seminary compound and made their way straight to the residence of Bishop Lysinge. While there, they noticed the presence of the Vicar General whom they considered younger and stronger than the frail Bishop emeritus.”