Incident Summary:

03/25/2018: Assailants abducted Chief Obi John Ajiah in Nguti, Kupe Manenguba, South-West, Cameroon. Aija, the Nguti Council secretary general, was released sometime on or before April 4, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Kupe Manenguba district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nguti Local Council
Specific Description Secretary General: Chief Obi John Ajiah
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 10
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 8722.76
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes A ransom of 5 million Central African Francs was demanded.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ADF liberate abducted Basic Education Inspector, Nguti Council SG," Journal du Cameroun, April 5, 2018.
"English-speaking crisis: Nguti town hall secretary-general returns," Journal du Cameroun, April 5, 2018.
"Nguti Council SG kidnapped after Senatorial Elections," Journal du Cameroun, March 26, 2018.