Cameroon Bishop Tortured, Murdered [R.i.P.]


[A staged suicide]

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • June 6, 2017

Bishop of Bafia was about to expose government’s link to priest’s death
A medical report is concluding that a Cameroon bishop, whose lifeless body was found in the Sanaga River Friday, was tortured and murdered before being thrown into the river. Media is speculating his death may be linked to his plans to expose the government’s involvement in the death of a priest.

According to Cameroon media outfit L’Anecdote, which obtained a confidential autopsy report Monday, the body of Bp. Jean-Marie Benoît Bala of the diocese of Bafia shows clear signs of torture and murder. The leaked document reveals details of a medical examination conducted by a committee of doctors, one appointed by the national bishops’ conference. The formal conclusions declare that Bala did not commit suicide, as previously thought, but rather that he was killed and thrown into the Sanaga River only four hours before his body was found Friday.

The bishop had gone missing Wednesday, his car found parked on a bridge over the river, with his personal identification cards within along with a note that read “I am in the water.” The note led officials to believe he committed suicide, but after finding his body Friday 20 kilometers away from the car, a committee decided to perform an autopsy to determine the precise cause of death.

“The body removed from the waters of the Sanaga reveals that it had a stiffened arm, folded on its abdomen, a curious fact for a ‘suicide,'” stated one of the doctors in the report. The autopsy revealed no water in his lungs, indicating he had already died before being thrown in the river. If he had committed suicide by drowning, his lungs would have been full of water and his body would have sunk to the bottom of the river — neither of which was the case when he was discovered.

According to Cameroon media, Bp. Bala was about to expose the government’s alleged involvement in the death of Abbé Armel Djama, rector of the Minor Seminary in Bafia, Bala’s own archdiocese, who was found dead in his room at the end of May.

The Catholic Church in Cameroon has suffered a number of suspicious deaths over the years:

In October 1988, Fr. Joseph Mbassi, a journalist, was murdered while investigating the arms trade in Cameroon. His body was found in his room bloodied and mangled on the morning of October 26.

Abbot Bernabé Zambo of the archdiocese of Bertoua died on March 24, 1989. Media speculate he was poisoned by someone as an act of revenge.

Father Anthony Fontegh of Kumbo was murdered in 1990.

Bishop Yves Plume was strangled to death in his room in Ngaoundéré at the Minor Seminary in September.

In 1992, Fr. Amougou of Sangmelima was killed in his rectory.

On April 23, 1995, Fr. Engelbert Mveng was found strangled to death with a gash in his head, and no items stolen from his room.

On April 21, 2001, Fr. Apollinaire Claude Ndi of Nkoltob was found murdered by an unknown man in Yaoundé.

On Christmas Eve, 2008, Fr. François Xavier Mekong’s body was discovered in one of the showers of the rectory.

In the meantime, the Holy See has appointed Bp. Abraham Kome of the diocese of Bafang to be apostolic administrator of Bafia until a more permanent appointment.

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  1. [More and gruesome details from a local source]

    African Bishop who sent to Rome his findings on pedophilia, was murdered-dropped by copter into river

    by Edmond Tambe
    June 4, 2017

    Alafnet is getting reports that the populations of Tsang by Monatele in the centre region where the body of the Bishop of Bafia was discovered are indicating that they saw a helicopter overflying in the night from Thursday to Friday between 2 am and 4 am . The copter threw an object in shape of a body in the water where the Body of the “Bishop” of Bafia was found.

    This revelation has all its meaning insofar as the body of the bishop who disappeared since Wednesday displayed body stiffness with his right right hand resting on his chest when the remains of the Bishop was found a 9am on Friday . Looking at the body of the late man of God early Friday he had not spent up to 12 hours in the water . This is confirmed by the fact that His belly is not bloated and he has no water in his lungs either. So therefore the argument of suicide is uncalled for. Everything suggests that Bishop Balla, born 10 May 1959 was murdered given the state of the corpse.

    According to some indiscretions, the late Bishop of Bafia had transmitted urgent documents on the sexual abuse by members of government on youth faces in catholic church in Cameroon to the Apostolic Nuncio .This document would have been the cause of his dead .

    Our source, continues that he had been warned to drop an investigation in Bafia after he uncovered a gang of pedophiles and sodomites constituting top regime barons in Yaounde; conducting immoral and diabolic acts for the purposes of rituals in his Diocese. Obviously the killing of Mgr. Balla will normalize the evils of the Unity Palace.

    Bishop Balla was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Yaoundé on June 20, 1987.He was appointed Bishop of Bafia on May 3, 2003 and consecrated on July 12 of that same year. The Diocese of Bafia has more than 200,000 Catholics.

  2. O God, who chose your servant Jean-Marie
    from among your Priests,
    and endowed him with pontifical dignity
    in the apostolic priesthood,
    grant, we pray,
    that he may also be admitted to their company for ever.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God for ever and ever

  3. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

  4. O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Jean-Marie, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord.

  5. [Was the new autopsy performed on the same body?]

    Bishop Bala was not murdered: Cameroon government report

    Catholic World News – July 06, 2017

    Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Balla, whose body was discovered in a river in Cameroon on June 2 was not murdered but drowned, according to a new autopsy report.

    On July 4 the government of Cameroon reported the results of an autopsy conducting by a team of Terman doctors, under the supervision of Interpol. “After an in-depth examination, no trace of violence was found on the body of the deceased,” the doctors reported. They listed the cause of the bishop’s death as drowning.

    The new autopsy report directly contradicts an earlier finding that Bishop Balla was a murder victim. The earlier autopsy also said that his body showed indications of torture.

    The direct contradiction between the two reports highlights the level of mistrust between the Catholic bishops of Cameroon and the country’s government. Some observers have questioned whether the two autopsies were conducted on the same body.

  6. [The government had to turn to its former colonial masters (Germany/Interpol) to cover the foul deed]

    Cameroon’s bishops insist Bishop Balla was murder victim, not suicide

    Catholic World News – July 10, 2017

    The Catholic bishops of Cameroon insist that Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Balla of Bafia was “brutally assassinated,” rejected the conclusions of an autopsy that found “no trace of violence.”

    At a July 7 press conference, Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Doula, the president of the nation’s episcopal conference, rejected the results of the autopsy that had been performed by German doctors. Government officials had stressed that the autopsy was performed independently under international supervision.

    The bishops’ rejection of the results points to the deep level of suspicion between the Catholic hierarchy and the government leadership. Some observers questioned whether the bishops feared that the government had provided another body for the autopsy. At his July 7 press conference, Archbishop Kleda declined to give a direct answer to the question of whether the bishops had received Bishop Balla’s body for burial.

    While investigation of Bishop Balla’s death continues, government officials now suggest that it was a suicide.

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