Armed separatists kidnapped a prominent Catholic Bishop early Saturday in Bui, a division in Cameroon’s restive region of Northwest, according to officials of the Catholic Church in the region

Bishop George Nkou of Kumbo Diocese was kidnapped by separatists while on a trip to preach peace in the division where a separatist war has raged for the past two years, local police said.

The Bishop is renowned for advocating for the reopening of schools which separatists have banned in the region since 2017.

The Catholic Church has demanded for his “immediate release and unharmed”.

The abduction of the Bishop comes barely a week after two Catholic priests were kidnapped in the region.

Kidnapping of priests has become widespread in the two regions since an armed conflict that has so far led to hundreds of deaths since 2017.

In 2018, a Kenyan priest was shot dead in front of the church of the Parish of St. Martin of Tours in Kembong, a locality in Cameroon’s Southwest region. Enditem

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