Prof. James Abangma Narrowly Escapes Arrest Again, His Vice Goes Into Hiding

Prof. Abangma James: SYNES-UB president
Prof. Abangma James: SYNES-UB president

By Macdonald Ayang, January 27, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – The president of the University of Buea Chapter of the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education, SUNES-UB, has again reportedly survived arrest.

Reports emerged Thursday that Prof. James Abangma narrowly escaped arrest in the night of Wednesday breaking Thursday when security forces stormed his Buea residence.

It remains unclear how he escaped the arrest. What we, however, gathered is that when a security hit-squad stormed his home at the Auberge neighbourhood in Buea, he was nowhere to be found. It is believed he may have had a tip-off.

Last Saturday, Abangma had told a local weekly that he was not on the run and that anybody who wanted to see him should “come and see me.” Observers said they interpreted that statement to mean he was ready to offer himself up for arrest if it came to that.

Attempts to arrest the political science professor, we were told, all began when his SYNES-UB colleague and Secretary General of the outfit, Dr. Fontem Neba, together with Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, were picked up on Tuesday last week and ferried to Yaounde after government outlawed the Anglophone civil society consortium which they headed. Prof. Abangma was not a signatory to the consortium’s press releases, but it is said that he was one of the group’s advisers.

There are reports that Abangma survived the first arrest attempt shortly after he chaired a SYNES-UB meeting last week. Reports had it that when security operatives stormed his residence, he was nowhere to be found. They are said to have led Abangma’s son away to the police on the occasion but the varsity don later said his son’s ‘arrest’ was not connected to him.

Meanwhile, we also gathered from a reliable source in Buea yesterday that the vice president of the SYNES-UB chapter, Dr. Sango Martin, known for his vociferousness, is also being hunted by the police and that he has also gone into hiding.

We gathered that the SYNES-UB members met last Thursday January 19 to resolve that they will not return to the classrooms until all their colleagues as well as every other persons arrested during this period of crisis have been released.

However, the vice chancellor of the University of Buea, at the start of the week, issued a communiqué urging lecturers and students to return to school, adding that anybody who fails to do would themselves to blame.




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