CAN Chairman abducted in Nasarawa State, N20m ransom demanded

CAN Chairman abducted in Nasarawa State, N20m ransom demanded

The Police Command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of Bishop Joseph Masin; the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), by gunmen in Lafia.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bola Longe, confirmed the development to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.

Longe said the bishop was abducted by the gunmen who stormed his residence in Bukan-sidi, Lafia metropolis. Further, he confirmed that the incident occurred on Wednesday night He said that a Police team had been deployed to trail the abductors. The action was taken to ensure the safe rescue of the victim and possible arrest of the perpetrators.

Corroborating the incident, Elder Yohanna Samari, a former CAN Secretary in the State; said the bishop was abducted by the attackers at midnight at his Bukan-sidi residence.

Samari said that the abductors took the CAN chairman away on a motorcycle.

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He said that although nobody was hurt during the incident, the family had been greatly traumatised.


Meanwhile, Pastor Tayo Samuel, the CAN Vice Chairman in the state; said the abductors had contacted the family demanding for N20 million ransom.

The shocking abduction continues a series of attacks against CAN Chairman in the North.

Indeed, 1st News had previously reported the death of the CAN Chairman, Adamawa Chapter. Specifically, a video had emerged of the moment the Chairman of the Adamawa Chapter was beheaded by Islamists in Nigeria; days after begging for his life in a Boko Haram video.

Reverend Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier in January when Boko Haram militants attacked the Michika local government area of the state. However, he was killed on Monday, January 21.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had condemned Mr. Andimi’s death; calling it ‘cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative’.

He tweeted: “I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him; even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.”

Also, Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, called it ‘appalling’ that Boko Haram followed up Mr. Andimi’s killing; with an attack on his hometown in the Chibok local government area of northeastern Borno state

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