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Shock as Kidnappers abduct members sent to deliver ransom in Kaduna – CAN

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Kidnappers has reportedly detained two persons, who went to deliver ransom for the release of two children of a Kaduna-based bishop they earlier kidnapped.

the same gunmen, who had earlier kidnapped the children.

Rev. Joseph Hayab, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State, disclosed this on Monday.

Joseph disclosed thay the two abdutees were detained by the bandits after collecting the ransom from them and failed to release the children of the bishop.

The Chairman had earlier said in a statement that the Senior Pastor of the Nagarta Baptist Church, Makeri, near Udawa in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state, was still being held by his abductors three weeks after he was kidnapped.

He appealed to security operatives to rescue the cleric and the bishop’s children.

Pastor Elisha Numan and his son, Emmanuel, were said to been abducted by heavily armed men from their residence three weeks ago.

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But the son, who was targeted to be the negotiating channel, were later released.

According to reports, the abductors later called the family through Emmanuel to demand N20m ransom after they had threatened the pastor’s son to raise the money or his father would be killed within three days.

The kidnappers later reduced the ransom to N7m, according to the CAN chairman, PUNCH reports.

The CAN leader also stated that the pastor was ill when his abductors came calling.

He noted that one of the sons of the bishop was nine years old and appealed to his abductors to release him, because “he is not strong and mature to go through this torture.”

The CAN boss said, “Rev. Elisha Numan of the Baptist Church, Angwan Makeri, and the two children of one of our bishops in Kaduna are still with their of kidnappers. They were abducted about three weeks ago and are still being held in captivity till date.

“The church and their families are helpless and traumatised. We are once again calling on security agencies to do the needful and help secure the release of our people.

“Rev. Elisha was sick when he was kidnapped and we are afraid for his health. The son of our bishop is just nine years old. He is not strong and mature to go through this ordeal. We are appealing that these innocent people should be released.”

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