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"Wave of kidnappings" in Equatorial Guinea

afrol News, 13 April - Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party CPDS has accused national security forces of the abduction of several exiled Equatoguinean opposition members based in Nigeria in late January, denouncing a form of "state terrorism."

The National Council of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in a statement issued in Bata today said that the hostages are the captain José Abeso Nsue, frigate lieutenant Manuel Ndong Anseme, the customs guard Jacinto Micha Obiang and Alipio Ndong Asumu.

"The Guinean authorities have not officially confirmed the whereabouts of these four people, so it is legitimate to fear that they are being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment," said the political party.

The main Equatoguinean party says it has reports of abduction of Equatoguinean refugees in neighbouring countries by security officials of Equatorial Guinea, sometimes with the complicity of the security services of those countries, cited the same sources.

The CPDS statement also recalled that Manuel Osa Mba, Rufino Eyene Nse, Miguel Obama Ndong, José Esono Nsue and Ricardo Ecua Mba - Equatoguineans exiled in Libreville, Gabon, had suffered several kidnapping attempts by Equatoguinean security officials between August and September 2005. The attempts had been "in complicity with elements of Gabonese services." To protect them, some of these refugees were granted asylum in the United States, where they now live.

According to the CPDS, Equatoguinean security forces are operating all over the region, harassing exiled nationals. In Ghana, the party said, exiled ex-Minister Ricardo Mba Nguema was "currently" being harassed by Equatoguinean services.

In October 2008, the statement adds, Cipriano Nguema Mba, a former Guinean army lieutenant colonel, was kidnapped in Cameroon and brought to Equatorial Guinea by security forces. "He is currently held in prison in Evinayong," CPDDS claimed.

Further, Fabián Ovono Esono and José Ndong allegedly were "kidnapped in Nigeria in December 2008 and released after an Amnesty International urgent action on their behalf in March 2009."

The CPDS National Council in the strongest terms condemned "the policy of kidnappings encouraged by the Equatoguinean regime, which is a form of state terrorism and conflicts with neighbours and friends."

The opposition party also urged the Equatoguinean regime to make public the whereabouts of all "the hostages" that had been brought secretly to Equatorial Guinea, and to recognise their arrest.

Finally, the CPDS urged the regime of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema to "immediately end its policy of kidnappings and attacks on opponents abroad and to undertake to respect the national and international legal instruments it has signed."

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