Bandits release 3 kidnapped Kaduna Catholic Seminarians

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*Rev Fr Jonah Yabanad Stephen, Rector of Christ The King Major Seminary and Rev Fr Emmanuel Kazah Fawei, Rector of St Albert Institute with the released seminarians.

Bandits have released three students kidnapped from Christ The King Major Seminary in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State.

The three were kidnapped during an attack on Monday at the Christ the King Major Seminary in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.

They subsequently demanded for N50 million ransom for the release of the seminarians.

The release was confirmed in a press statement by the chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, on Wednesday night.

The full statement reads:

From: The Curia, Catholic Diocese Of Kafanchan

To: CBCN, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaduna Province, Vicar Foranes, Priests, Religious, People Of God, All Men and Women Of Goodwill

Subject: Three Seminarians of Christ the King Major Seminary Released

Date: 13/10/2021, Optional Memorials of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and St. Edward

With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our Three Major Seminarians, who were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary at Christ the King Major Seminary, Fayit Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday 11 October, 2021. Barely 48 hours after their kidnap, our beloved brothers were released by their abductors.

We want to thank all those that have offered prayers and entreaties for the quick release of our Seminarians and Others who are still in the dens of their kidnappers.

We pray God to hasten the release of those who are still in the hands of their Captors.

All our Priests are directed to kindly celebrate Mass of THANKSGIVING to God tomorrow, Thursday 14th October 2021, for the quick and safe release of our Seminarians.

May Our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for us and all those that are still in captivity!

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo,

Chancellor, Catholic Diocese Of Kafanchan

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