Eight members of the RCCG have been abducted in Kaduna, with 39 students still being held captive.
In the midst of the continued detention of 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Kaduna State, who were abducted by armed bandits 17 days ago, gunmen abducted eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Area 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, on Friday. According to Saturday PUNCH, the victims were targeted while on their way to a church program on a church bus. Around 7 p.m., a Facebook user named Eje Faraday shared the news on his profile, along with a photo of the white car. He wrote, “All of the passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 kilometers from Kaduna.”
He wrote, “All of the passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 kilometers from Kaduna.” The report was authenticated by a reliable source and a church official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “On the bus, there were eight of them,” he said. They were on their way to Kachia to help with the church’s Let’s Go Fishing Easter program. They were removed from the bus and put in their own operating vehicle by the gunmen. They haven’t contacted the church yet.”
Mohammed Jalige, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said he was still investigating the incident. “I have approached our officers along that axis,” he said. In that sector, we actually have three divisions. Two divisional police officers have replied, saying they were unaware of the incident. I’m just waiting for the third DPO’s answer. I’ll let you know when I get it.” Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, the RCCG’s Head of Media and Public Relations, did not answer calls to his cellphone, which rang many times.
Meanwhile, medical experts have warned that the abducted students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation could experience panic attacks, nightmares, and other PTSD symptoms. In separate interviews with our correspondents, medical experts including psychologists, therapists, and mental health advocates cautioned that when the students are finally released or rescued, they may experience depression, trouble paying attention in class, a lack of confidence, and other mental problems.
Parents of the students protested on Monday, giving Kaduna State and the Federal Government 48 hours to rescue their children, expressing concern for their welfare, claiming that some of their children had been injured during their kidnapping. “We are by this press conference demanding that the government rescue our children by all means and within 48 hours so that the process of their rehabilitation can begin because the longer they remain in captivity the worse the situation will be,” Mr Friday Sani, a parent who spoke on behalf of other parents during the protest, said.
On the night of March 11, bandits abducted 30 students from the school, which is located on Airport Road across from the Nigerian Defence Academy. Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said in a statement that government checks confirmed that 39 people were missing, with 23 females and 16 males. He did, however, assure that security agents were working diligently to save the students, noting that troops from the Nigerian Army’s 1 Division had stopped the bandits from abducting any more students and had rescued 180 civilians.
Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, had announced that his government would not compromise with bandits seeking N500 million in ransom. The bandits also threatened that any effort to save the students would result in their death. “We will not associate with bandits or kidnappers,” he said. Private people, such as priests and clergymen, will preach to them and ask them to repent in their individual capacities. We want them to repent as well, but it is not our place to ask them to.”
- Eight members of the RCCG have been abducted in Kaduna,
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