- Bandit attacks again occurred in Kaduna on Friday, March 26
- Some members of the Redeemed Church of God were kidnapped on their way to a programme
- The 39 students earlier abducted in the state have no regained their freedom
No fewer than eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were on Friday, March 26, abducted by gunmen.
The Punch reports that the victims were on the church bus travelling for a programme when they were attacked.
Legit.ng gathered that a Facebook user, Eje Kenny Faraday, broke the news on his page with a picture of the white vehicle on the evening of Friday, March 26.
“All the passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 km from Kaduna.”
The newspaper also noted that a credible source and an official of the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the report.
The source reportedly said:
“They were eight in number on the bus. They were going to Kachia in preparation for the church’s Let’s Go a Fishing Easter programme. The gunmen took them out of the bus and put them in their own operational vehicle. They have yet to contact the church.”
According to the report, the state police public relations officer, Mohammed Jalige, said he was still making enquiries on the incident.
It was learnt that the RCCG head of media and public relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, did not answer calls to his mobile, which rang out several times.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some gunmen on Wednesday, March 24, raided residents of Kiyi town in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and abducted at least four persons.
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It was reported that one Salami Olalekan who is reportedly a member of staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCTA) was among the kidnap victims.
The report said that William Salami, an elder brother of the victim, said the kidnappers made a demand of N200 million, N50 million for each hostage.