The three Catholic seminarians kidnapped on Monday have been freed by their abductors in Kaduna State.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, October 14, by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo,
Chancellor, Catholic Diocese Of Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
1st News learned that the three men were kidnapped during an attack on Monday at the Christ the King Major Seminary in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
The statement issued by Okolo after the escape also urged Catholic churches; to organise Thanksgiving masses for the successful release of the abducted people.
It, however, did not say whether any ransom was paid for their release.
The statement titled, “Three Seminarians of Christ the King Major Seminary Released,” reads, “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.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged its members to shun all bickering; within their rank and files to enable the party to approach the 2023 general elections as a united house.
Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC); gave the charge in a statement on Wednesday, October 13, in Abuja.
Akpanudoedehe, who spoke while inaugurating the party’s State Congresses Committee, said members of the committee were carefully selected based on their proven records.
He added that the party had trust in their strength of character, integrity, and capacity to be fair in their dealings to all shades of interests as they carried out their duties.
“The party’s guidelines for the exercise and the Constitution of our party shall be your guide.
“We expected that every bickering is nipped in the bud; so we circle the wagons and approach 2023 elections as a unit; notwithstanding the family misunderstandings that may exist.
“President Muhammadu Buhari as our father had encouraged the setting up of the National Reconciliation Committee in order to further provide avenues and channels for persons to ventilate their grievances and essentially achieve unity,” he said.