Bandits who abducted three students of St. Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, Kagoma in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State have demanded for a N50 million ransom to free them (students).
St. Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a seminary, is owned by the Catholic Church.
It is also called St Albert The Great Institute of Higher Education.
It was learnt that the marauders invaded the school on Monday night and whisked the students away.
Mr. J.F. Dabo, an assistant to the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who confirmed the incident, said the bandits had contacted the father of one of the three captives.
He said the bandits are demanding N50 million ransom to free them.
“Five students were initially taken by the eight attackers. But they dropped two of the captives on their way out of the school. One of them had a cut on his head and was bleeding,” he said.
Dabo said the attack happened at about 7pm after mass at the chapel.
“They met five stragglers at the chapel, when hundreds of others had departed to their hostels or the dining hall. They probably targeted the mass at the chapel. But they came after it ended. The situation could have been worse,” he added.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the Kaduna Police Command, Mr. Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident.
“Three seminarians were kidnapped by suspected kidnappers on Monday evening. All efforts are on high gear for their rescue,” Jalige said.
He further said operatives of the Police Tactical Team in Jema’a had visited the school to confirm the number of missing students and to address the situation.