- Unknown men have abducted the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa, Joseph Masin
- Masin was taken from his home at Bukan-sidi in Lafia on Thursday, May 28, around 12:39 a.m
- According to the report, the criminals are demanding a ransom of N20 million from the family
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A report by Premium Times indicates that Joseph Masin, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa state has been kidnapped by unknown men suspected to be daredevil kidnappers.
Masin's abduction was confirmed by Bola Longe, the police commissioner in Nasarawa, who added that the bishop was taken from his house around 12:39 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Bukan-sidi in Lafia.
Longe said officers, as well as hunters, have been mobilized by the police to free the cleric.
Yohanna Samari, a former CAN secretary in the state, also corroborated the incident. Samari said the bishop was taken away at midnight by the attackers on a motorcycle from his residence.
The former secretary went on to add that though nobody was hurt during the incident, Masin's family has been greatly traumatized by the incident.
Meanwhile, the CAN vice chairman in Nasarawa, Tayo Samuel, said the abductors had contacted the family, demanding N20 million to be paid as ransom.
Earlier, a report by SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence revealed that between the years 2011 and 2020, Nigerians paid at least N7 billion as ransom to kidnappers.
The report relied on data collected from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, the Council for Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker, newspaper reports and SBM intel’s own countrywide network of researchers.
It also contains the breakdown of the names of victims, date, state and amount paid respectively. Four of the top 10 states with a high number of kidnap incidents over the last decade are in the south-south geopolitical zone, with three of them being Bayelsa – 85, Delta -96 and Rivers – 120.
Others states with high kidnap incidents include Kaduna – 177, Borno – 82, Kogi – 59, Edo – 55, Ondo – 54, Katsina – 52 and Taraba – 47.
In a related development, the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, finally brought justice the way of Ese Oruru, a teenager who was kidnapped and forced into early marriage by her abductor, Yinusa Dahiru.
Delivering the verdict on behalf of the court, the presiding judge, Justice Jane Inyang, sentenced Dahiru to 26 years in prison.
Although Justice Jane jailed Dahiru five years on count two, seven years on count three, seven years on count four, seven years on count five, the judge acquitted him of count one.
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