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Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Church leaders’ trial adjourned to July 24

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Written by Deckson N.

The joint trial of the Archbishop of Bamenda, Mgr. Cornelius Fontem Esua; Bishop of Kumbo, Mgr George Nkuo; Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, Mgr. Michael Bibi, the Executive President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, CBC, Godwill Chiatoh Ncham, and Rev, Fonki Samuel, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church which was supposed to begin on Monday, June 5, has been adjourned to July 24.

The church leaders were dragged to court by the purported consortium of patents on a 7-count charge, including an accusation that the church leaders collected school fees from students in their different confessional schools but refused to re-open their schools, and that the church leaders allegedly propagated false information, among others. The consortium of parents is also claiming from the church leaders billions of FCFA.

The case was first billed for last April 21, but was postponed to June 5, under the pretext that the judiciary was bereaved.

The Archbishop of Bamenda, Mgr. Cornelius Fontem Esua, declared in April that he would like the case to be heard rapidly by the court, so that the matter can also be rapidly cleared.

During Monday’s court hearing, the Christian population heavily mobilised to support their church leaders. A situation which got some of the leaders emotional. Reports say the Rev Fonki Samuel had addressed Buea Christians in tears. He called on Christians to have faith that peace will return to Cameroon soon.

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