In Kaduna: Kidnappers abduct members sent to deliver ransom

Two persons, who went to deliver ransom for the release of two children of a Kaduna-based bishop, have been abducted by the same gunmen, who had earlier kidnapped the children.

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph Hayab, disclosed on Monday.

He said the two persons were abducted by the bandits after collecting the ransom from them and failed to release the children of the bishop.

Hayab had earlier in a statement said the Senior Pastor of the Nagarta Baptist Church, Makeri, near Udawa in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state, was still being held by his abductors three weeks after he was kidnapped.

He appealed to security operatives to rescue the cleric and the bishop’s children.
Pastor Elisha Numan and his son, Emmanuel, were reportedly abducted by heavily armed men from their residence three weeks ago.

But the son was later released so as to be used as a negotiating contact.
The abductors later called the family through Emmanuel to demand N20m ransom after they had threatened the pastor’s son to raise the money or his father would be killed within three days.

The kidnappers later reduced the ransom to N7m, according to the CAN chairman.
The CAN leader also stated that the pastor was ill when his abductors came calling.

He noted that one of the sons of the bishop was nine years old and appealed to his abductors to release him.(Punch)

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