Simon Emile Mooh, the Prefect of the Mezam Department, recently denounced the abduction of around fifty women by the Takumbengs, the separatist militia. In a statement dated May 23, the official confirmed that 30 women were abducted on May 19, around 8 a.m. in the village of Kedjom-Keku, also known as "Big Babanki," in Tubah, a northwestern district.
Highlighting that the incident was gender-based, Mooh added that an investigation was launched to bring the culprits to justice.
The abducted women, who protested against the crimes committed by the separatists, were getting ready to participate in a march against the imposed "war effort" tax enforced by the separatists. Consequently, they were taken hostage and face threats of being murdered.
Since 2016 when teachers and lawyers in the English-speaking regions (North West and South West) sparked the secessionist movement, over 6,000 people were killed in the conflicts between the secessionist militias and the army.