Bishop Jean-Marie Balla of the Catholic Church in Cameroon.

The note by the Bishop and the spot where his car was found suggested suicide

Bishop Jean-Marie Balla of the Catholic Church in Cameroon has reportedly killed himself under a bridge at Ebebda, some 78 kilometers from the nation’s capital, Yaoundé.

The prelate’s car and a statement left by him saying “I am in the water” suggested that the Roman Catholic Bishop of Bafia committed suicide.

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Balla was appointed Bishop of the Bafia Diocese with a Christian population of over 200,000 in 2003.

He was born May 1959 in Oweng Mbalmayo.

He was originally from Mbankomo in the Mefou-Akono Division (Central Province).

In addition to studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Major Seminary at Nkolbisson, he held a Diploma in Social Sciences and Management from the Catholic Institute of Yaoundé.

He was ordained priest in 1987 by the late Arch Bishop Jean Zoa.

The vehicle of the Bishop of Bafia was found on May 31, 2017 beside a bridge at Ebebda, a small locality in the department of Lekié, Central region.

According to the Senior Divisional Officer for Mban and Inoubou, Maurice Tchoffo, it is difficult at the moment to know what really happened to the Man of God.

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