July 27, 2014 – The radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Sunday made a big catch when it kidnapped the wife of Vice Prime Minister of Cameroun, Mrs. Ahmadou Ali in Kolofata town, probably in retaliation for sentencing of 22 sect members to various prison terms on Friday in Moroua, capital of the Far North Region of Cameroun.
Mrs. Ali was kidnapped when the sect attacked Kolofata, Cameroun. A town Mayor and religious leader, Seini Boukar Lamine was also kidnaped, while at least three people were killed during the attack, Cameroun officials have said.
“I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Issa Tchiroma told Reuters by telephone.
“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, and at least three people were killed in the attack.
A Cameroon military commander in the region told Reuters that the vice prime minister, who was at home to celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family, was taken to a neighboring town by security officials.
“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region, based in the regional headquarters Maroua.
Meanwhile, some 22 suspected Boko Haram militants, who have been held in Maroua since March, were on Friday sentenced to prison sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years.