Bishop Joseph Masin: Kidnapped CAN chairman regains freedom in Nasarawa

Bishop Joseph Masin: Kidnapped CAN chairman regains freedom in Nasarawa

- Bishop Joseph Masin, the kidnapped chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Nasarawa chapter, has been allowed to rejoin his family by his abductors

- The clergyman was released by the kidnappers late on Saturday, May 30 and he got home to his people on Sunday, May 31

- It is a great relief to CAN which had urged the Nigerian security forces to prevent the loss of a second Christian leader in less than six months

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The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chapter in Nasarawa, Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped days ago has been released by his abductors.

Daily Trust confirmed the development in a report on Sunday, May 31. According to the online version of the daily newspaper, Masin's release was announced by one of his sons, Pastor Sam Joseph.

Pastor Joseph said his father was released just before midnight on Saturday, May 30 but made it home in the early hours of Sunday, the next day.

“The Bishop was released around 11 pm on Saturday and arrived home around 2 am this Sunday," he said.

The report could, however, not confirm the details of Bishop Masin's release, if, for instance, the abductors were paid. reported days ago that Masin was abducted by unknown men believed to be daredevil kidnappers that have now released him.

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 am on Thursday, May 28, at Bukan-sidi in Lafia.

Longe said officers, as well as hunters, were mobilized by the police to free the cleric.

Kidnapping has become a booming business among criminal-minded citizens in Nigeria so much so that a report by SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence recently revealed that between the year 2011 and 2020, Nigerians paid at least N7 billion as ransoms to kidnappers.

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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 name of victims, date, state and amount paid respectively.

Masin's kidnap had caused great concern among the Christian community because it followed the kidnap and eventual killing of another CAN chairman from Adamawa by the Boko Haram earlier in the year.

The Nasarawa CAN chairman has now returned home to his family.

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