Kidnapped priest released in Cameroon
After ten days in captivity, Father Christopher Eboka of Mamfe diocese was released on the 1st of June and returned home safely.
“I thank the Almighty God for making it possible for me to regain my freedom. I thank you all for your prayers and for everything,” Father Eboka said.
“I always tell you that prayer is our only weapon. Without prayer we are nothing. God showed us the sign after nine days of intense prayer, that is a complete novena. After the nine days of prayer the Lord did it for us.”
The cleric was kidnapped by Anglophone separatists. The “Anglophone Crisis” started in 2017, when separatists in Cameroon began trying to create a new nation known as Ambazonia.
In a statement issued shortly after the release of Fr. Eboka, the leadership of “Ambazonia” said that Eboka “was held under custody for investigation of alleged crimes being committed by him & the Catholic Church as a whole against our Ambazonia War of Independence.”
“We’re cautioning the Catholic Church to stop working underground with the LRC (Government of Cameroon) in bribing our fighters to surrender themselves,” Ambazonia officials were quoted as saying on social media.