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Vol 49 No 23

Published 14th November 2008


A kidnapped colonel

Who kidnapped a presidential nephew in Yaounde; and why the neighbours disagree so often

A row has broken out between Cameroon and its neighbour Equatorial Guinea after the abduction on 7 October in Yaounde of Cipriano Nguema Mba, apparently by Cameroonian police officers. Cipriano, a former colonel in the Equatorial Guinean army and a nephew of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, fled to Cameroon in 2003 and was granted refugee status there. He had been living in Yaounde with the full knowledge of Equatorial Guinean Embassy officials, who deny any involvement in the kidnapping.

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