Catholic bishop missing, suicide note found in car

Catholic bishop missing, suicide note found in car

NAIJ.com gathered that a Catholic bishop is suspected to have jumped off a bridge to kill himself after a suicide note was found in his car.

According to reports from the Sanaga Maritime Division in Cameroon, the bishop of Bafia diocese in Centre Region, Monsignor Jean Marie Benoît Balla, may have jumped off a bridge to kill himself.

The Bishop whose somewhat 'mysterious' disappearance may be ruled a suicide, left a note saying 'I'm in the water', after parking his car on the Ebebda bridge.

The note which was in the backseat of his jeep was discovered after another priest, Fr. François-Xavier Ayissi of the parish of Balamba (department of Mbam and Inoubou) stopped upon spotting the vehicle.

Catholic Bishop missing, suicide note found in car

Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Balla may have jumped off a bridge leaving behind a suicide note

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Some relatives of Bishop Balla confirmed that the signature on the suicide note is indeed in the deceased's handwriting.

Sources close to him, including fellow priests and his family friends, claim they didn't notice any strange behaviour coming from him days before his disappearance, and have refused to believe that he may have killed himself.

Catholic Bishop missing, suicide note found in car

The suicide note which was left in the backseat of the bishop's car

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An investigation is currently ongoing and efforts to recover his body from the water are being made.

The incident is also being looked at as a possible murder case. Bishop Balla if dead, will be the second clergyman to have died in Bafia in the last two weeks. A local priest was found dead the previous week.

Catholic Bishop missing, suicide note found in car

The bishop's jeep was found parked on a bridge where he is suspected to have jumped from

Meanwhile, see how Nigerians responded when asked what would make them kill themselves:

Source: Gossip.naija.ng

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