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Newspaper Vendor Shot Dead 

By Maxcel Chick Fokwen

A newspaper vendor in Kumba, Richard Ngong Tsam, was Friday, July 24, at about 2 am, shot dead by bandits.

The 39-year-old was killed at his Ntoko Street, Hill Top, Fiango residence. Ngong was shot in the chest when he emerged from his room to answer a distress call from his next door neighbour who was being attacked. According to the neighbour, Sampson Tah, he had just returned from church that evening and decided to read for awhile before going to bed.

Tah said all of a sudden, he heard the sound of a stone smashing into his door. He said he leapt to the door, pushing it from inside while the thieves struggled to get in. He said it was in the course of the struggle that Ngong came out to help. "But immediately he opened his door, one of the thieves shot him in the chest," Tah said.

Tah recounted that after killing Ngong, the thieves stayed on for over half an hour firing bullets through the door, but none entered his body except a small bruise on his forehead. He said when the thieves finally opened the door, they robbed him and his younger brother of FCFA 30,000, a mobile phone and a gas bottle. The remains of Ngong were taken to the Kumba District Hospital mortuary pending further investigation. The deceased is a father of five children with the youngest being a pair of twins four months old.

Ngong was lastly seen in public selling newspapers on Thursday, July 23, at the Kumba Municipal grandstand during the launching of the Day of the African Woman. Most of the people who knew Ngong described him as a kind and friendly man. Reacting to Ngong’s death, the proprietor of Press Centre, Kumba, Calvair Djouankeu, described it as shocking. He said the deceased was the best vendor in their over 20 years in the newspaper business without problems.

(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

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