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KADUNA: RCCG declares prayers for abducted members as gunmen demand N50m ransom

THE leadership of the Redeemed Christian Church of God has said that it is exploring both spiritual and physical means to secure the release of the eight members of the church kidnapped by suspected bandits two days ago.

The church said it had declared prayers for the safety and release of the abductees.

The RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, said that the ministry was also working with security agencies for the safe return of the victims.

The victims are members of the RCCG, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, and they were abducted near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Road, on their way to an Easter programme.

The hoodlums were said to have taken them in their operational vehicle and abandoned the church’s shuttle on the road.

Reacting to the development, RCCG spokesperson, Olubiyi, said the the church was disturbed by the incident.

Said, “We feel completely disturbed by the development and as a church, the best we can do is to pray that God will intervene and these brethren will return home to their loved ones. As a church, we are praying now and asking Goodnight to take charge of the situation. A report has also been made to the police.”

The spokesperson maintained that the gunmen had yet to contact the church.

However, Channels TV, while quoting the Public Relations Officer of the church in the Kaduna province, Alao Joseph, stated that the kidnappers had demanded N50m ransom.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, said the abandoned church bus had been recovered.

RCCG bus 1
* The recovered bus

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 promised the police would ensure that the victims were rescued unhurt.

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