Bandits Release 11 Kaduna Worshippers, Others Still In Captivity
By Our Correspondent
Eleven out of the 40 Christian worshippers that were abducted by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been released by their abductors.
The victims, including children, were kidnapped during a church service last Sunday and taken to an unknown destination.
However, an executive member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told News Point Nigeria that 11 of the victims were released on Thursday.
Although the police authorities are yet to comment on the development, the source did not disclose if any ransom was paid to the bandits before the victims were released.
The source further disclosed that 28 of the 40 kidnapped victims have regained their freedom while 14 others are still in captivity.
News Point Nigeria had reported that, some bandits kidnapped at least 40 worshippers during service at Bege Baptist Church, Madala on Buruku Baringi road in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday.
The chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, Rev. John Hayab, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.
Hayab said the incident happened at about 9:30 am when the worshippers were in the service.
“The worshippers were in the Sunday service in the Church when around 9:30 am they heard gunshots very close to the Church. The gunmen attacked the Church and went away with 40 worshippers,” he said.
He, however, added that 15 of the abducted worshippers escaped then, leaving behind 25 others who were at present in the kidnappers’ den.