The Bishop of the diocese of Bafia, Cameroon, Mgr Jean Marie Benoît Balla has committed suicide. He died on Tuesday after jumping into the Sanaga River around the Ebebda Bridge.
According to reports, Bishop Balla left the bishopric (about 60 km from the bridge) on Tuesday night and never came back.Within 24 hours of searching for him, his car, a white 4×4 Prado with registration number plate CE 9503V was found on the edge of the bridge of Ebebda (which allows the crossing of the river Sanaga) in the direction of Bafia.
In the back seat were found his personal documents, ID card and driving licence with a statement written on a piece of paper: “I am in the water” .
His car has been removed from the bridge. A policeman on duty at the gendarmerie company in the city told that “search will resume tomorrow morning (June 1) At the moment, we can not conclude anything,” said the man in uniform.
When cameroon-info.net asked the Mayor of Ebebda, Syrinus Awono about his finding, he said, “We are continuing our search. Right now, I’m with traditional leaders. I have already sent a search team on site. Another search team will get off the ground in a few minutes.”
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