Abductors Demand N50M For the Release of Kidnapped Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Kaduna
Abductors of a busload members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Region 30, Province 1, Kaduna State, have demanded N50 million for their release.
This was made known to Tribune Online by a senior pastor of the church late Friday night.
He further explained that eight members were kidnapped from the church bus at about 6:00 p.m while on their way for a church assignment.
“It’s true. It happened around 6:00 p.m. They are asking for N50 million,” the RCCG cleric, who’s a Special Assistant to the General Overseer, disclosed.
A church source in Kaduna had earlier told Tribune Online that the abducted persons were “adult missionaries, male and female, from Kaduna Province 1 going to Kafanchan for prayer work.”
It will be recalled that an engineer, Mr Eje Kenny Faraday, who said he “narrowly escaped being a victim,” had broken the news on his Facebook wall with the photograph of the empty bus around 7.00 p.m. on Friday.
“All passengers in the bus are just kidnapped along Kachia Road, Kilometre 63 from Kaduna,” he shared on his Facebook wall.
The inscription on the side of the bus reads, ‘The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, said the abandoned church bus had been recovered.
He said, “The divisional police officer in charge of the area reported to us in the early hours of today (Saturday) that a vehicle with the inscription, ‘Redeemed Christian Church of God’ was found by the roadside with no occupant.
“The vehicle was about to be taken into custody when we received a phone call that some people were on their way from Kaduna to the scene; they brought an extra key for the vehicle. So, instead of towing the vehicle, we just allowed the church to take it away. A serious search for the members has been launched by security agencies, including the police and the military.”
He said the police would ensure that the victims were rescued unhurt.
Meanwhile, The Redeemed Christian Church of God has declared prayers for the release of eight members of the church kidnapped in Kaduna on Friday.
The RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, told Sunday PUNCH that the ministry was also working with security agencies for the safe return of the victims.