Abductors of three seminarians in Kaduna State have reached out to the school authority and have demanded N15 million Naira ransom.
Some bandits on Monday night invaded the Christ the King Major Seminary, within St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted three seminarians.
In a memo signed by the Chancellor, Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, the bandits had reached out and demanded N15 million as ransom.
According to him, six seminarians sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack and were taken to Salem Hospital, Kafanchan where they were treated and discharged.
“We announce with unease the kidnap of three major seminarians of the Christ the King Major Seminary, our diocesan Major Seminary is domiciled within the St. Albert Institute.
“It houses mostly the formators and seminarians preparing for the catholic priesthood. The seminarians receive academic formation from the St. Albert Institute.
“The event took place on Monday, 11th October 2021 at about 7.26pm, in the Chapel of the Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“As of the time of the attack, 10 formators including the Rectors of the Seminary and the Institute, 132 seminarians, 6 non-seminarians, one female non-academic staff and one steward were on ground.
“Six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries. A dispatch of soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven was on ground to accompany some formators and the injured seminarians to Salem Hospital in Kafanchan,” he said.
He added that the the abducted seminarians belong to the Apostles of Divine Charity and the Little Sons of the Eucharist Congregation.
“We ask for your closeness to us in praying for the quick and safe release of our abducted brothers,” he further added.
According to him, the seminarian would use every legitimate means to ensure their prompt and secure release.
“May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Wilfred intercede for our abducted brothers and all other kidnapped persons,” he further said
Kidnapping in Kaduna State has become a re-occurring business.
The state government had recently banned the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.
It has also restricted movement of tricycles between the hours of 6.00 am and 7.00 pm, aimed at reducing or eliminating banditry in the state.
However, this doesn’t stop banditry as bandits constantly storm and Kidnap their perceived victims, with security agents remaining helpless.