Cameroonian barrister Agbor Balla, following the news about the abduction of Justice Mbeng Martin, has strongly condemned the kidnappings that are taking place in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon.
He made the call after his colleague Justice Mbeng Martin fell prey to armed groups in the Southwest Region.
"During the early hours of Sunday April 8 2018 reports from family sources confirmed that an armed group abducted Justice Mbeng Martin, former Vice president of court of Appeal, Southwest.
'We deplore the kidnapping in the strongest possible terms. These abhorrent attacks on civilians by armed groups must stop now. I call on all those with the means to engage to stop these violations and return Justice Mbeng Martin.
'Suppressing freedom of speech, association and attacking others with different views do not represent the values we ought to build. We must not be bullied into silence through the barrel of a gun by armed groups.
'The incident regrettably indicates the serious deterioration in the security situation, escalation of the Anglophone crisis and peak of radicalisation in our communities. It is therefore imperative that we take steps to ensure that kidnap for ransom or to score political concessions is no longer perceived as a lucrative business model.
'To put an end to the Stalemate, all parties must seek constructive negotiations which will lead to a peaceful settlement, long term stability and equal opportunities for every citizen." Barrister Balla said in his release of Sunday 8 April 2018.
Studied B.Sc Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Buea
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