Abductors of 3 seminarians in Kaduna demand N15m ransom -GCFRNG
The kidnappers of three seminarians in Kaduna state have contacted the school authority and demanded a ransom of 15 million naira.
GCFRNG reports that some bandits invaded the Cristo Rey Major Seminary on Monday night, inside the St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in the Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state and kidnapped three seminarians.
In a memorandum signed by the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, the Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, the bandits approached and demanded N15 million as ransom.
According to him, six seminarians suffered varying degrees of injuries during the attack and were taken to Salem Hospital, Kafanchan, where they were treated and released.
“We announce with concern the kidnapping of three major seminarians from the Cristo Rey Major Seminary, our diocesan Major Seminary is domiciled within the St. Albert Institute.
“It mainly houses formators and seminarians preparing for the Catholic priesthood. Seminarians receive academic training from the St. Albert Institute.
“The event took place on Monday, October 11, 2021 at about 7.26 pm, at the Seminary Chapel in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in the Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.
“At the time of the attack, 10 formators, including the Rectors of the Seminary and the Institute, 132 seminarians, 6 non-seminarians, a non-academic woman and a delegate were on the ground.
“Six seminarians suffered varying degrees of injuries. A shipment of soldiers from Operation Safe Haven was on the ground to accompany some injured formators and seminarians to Salem Hospital in Kafanchan, ”he said.
He added that the kidnapped seminarians belong to the Apostles of Divine Charity and the Congregation of the Little Sons of the Eucharist.
“We ask for your closeness to us as we pray for the speedy and safe release of our abducted brothers,” he added.
According to him, the seminarian would use all legitimate means to ensure his speedy and safe release.
“May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and Saint Wilfredo intercede for our kidnapped brothers and all the other kidnapped people,” he also said.
Kidnapping in Kaduna state has become a recurring issue.
The state government had recently banned the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.
It has also restricted the movement of tricycles between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, with the aim of reducing or eliminating banditry in the state.
However, this does not stop banditry, as bandits constantly assault and kidnap their perceived victims, and security agents remain defenseless.