3 Abducted Catholic Seminarians Regains Freedom

3 Abducted Catholic Seminarians

9jatoday has been informed that three out of the four young Catholic seminarians that were abducted a few weeks ago in Kaduna by some unknown gunmen, has been freed.

It could be recalled that in early January, four seminarians, who are students of the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary Kakau in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, were kidnapped by heavily armed men who invaded the school.

Responding to their kidnap and freedom, Kaduna State Police Command, stated that unknown gunmen who were in military uniforms stormed the on January 9, 2020, abducted the four students.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, while speaking with newsmen reveals that the gunmen will have succeeded in kidnapping more than just four people, but because their men swung into action, they were able to abduct only four students.

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“The Command received a distress call through DPO Sabon Tasha of Chikun LGA, that in the early hours of today 09/1/2020 at about 0030hrs, some Armed Men in Military Camouflage gained entry into the Good Shepard Major Seminary School Kakau By Fly-over along Kaduna Abuja Highway, started shooting sporadically and in the process took away Four (4) Students to unknown destination,” said Sabo.

However, reports were given today by the Registrar of the school, Rev. Father Joel Usman, that three out of the four abducted seminarians have been released, three weeks after their abduction.

Rev. Fr. Joel said that the fourth student is still with the abductors, he thereby called for more prayers for the release fourth person.

Fr. Joel however, makes no comment on whether a ransom was paid for the release of the three students.

The Registrar in a statement said, “With joy, the Formators, Staff, and Seminarians of Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Kaduna State, announce the safe release of 3 of our Seminarians by their captors.

“One is still missing. We thank you our brothers and sisters for your prayers in our travails.

“Kindly continue to pray for the remaining one and all those who are still in the hands of Kidnappers. Thanks and may God bless you all.”

Also reacting to the incident, the Kaduna State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Babangida Dutsinma, has admonished Area Commanders to step up measures to combat kidnapping and banditry in the state.

“all hands must be on the deck with a view to curbing the threat across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state,” he stated.

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