Thursday, June 1, 2017

Archbishop Commits Suicide, Jumped Into A River.

According to report reaching our desk at trucitadel, a leading clergyman in Cameroon has done the unthinkable after he reportedly jumped into a river leaving behind a suicide note.


He is identified as Archbishop of Bafia, Cameroon, Mgr Jean Marie Benoît Balla. He reportedly took his own life by jumping into the Sanaga River around the Ebebda Bridge in Cameroon.

The Catholic community launched a search for the clergyman after his Land Cruiser SUV with registration plate number CE 9503V was found on the Ebebda bridge Wednesday afternoon- about 90km from Yaounde.

A search of the vehicle revealed his ID card, drivers license and car documents.

However, a handwritten note on the letter head of the diocese simply read “Je suis dans l’eau”, which translated into English as “I am in the water” was also found in the car, local news website, reported.

The Bafia Catholic Diocese community is presently in shock and deep mourning.

The Governor of the Centre region, Naseri Paul Bea, the Divisional Officer of the locality and other administrative authorities have rushed to the scene with security forces.

The Divisional Officer, D.O, of Ebebda, told journalists that a Reverend Father informed him about the incident at about 1pm.

“I immediately ran to the scene and saw for myself. The car is truly here on the bridge and the note the Bishop left suggests he jumped into the river”, said the DO. He also said no damage had been done to the car which indicates there was no violence.

Mgr Jean Marie Benoît Balla born on the 5th of May 1959, was ordained into the Priesthood in 1987. He was the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bafia since 2003 till he met his death on the 31st May 2017.

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