Gunmen who kidnapped three students from St. Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a Catholic-run major seminary situated in Fayit community in Kagoma Chiefdom in the Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have requested the sum of N50million as ransom.
This was made known by J.F. Dabo, an assistant to the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
According to him, the bandits contacted the father of one of the three captives and made the demand.
Dabo, who is also the National President of Catholic Youth In Politics Forum, confirmed that three students were kidnapped.
He said five students were initially taken by the eight attackers, said to be Fulani militiamen.
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.
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 also said one of the three captives is asthmatic.
The police command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, corroborating the claims, said three students had been abducted.
“Three seminarians were kidnapped by suspected kidnappers on Monday evening,’’ he said.
He, however, said the Commissioner of Police in the state had directed the deployment of more police personnel to cordon the nearby bushes with a view to rescuing the victims.
“All efforts are on top gear for their rescue,’’ Jalige said.
A source who stays close to the school had told SaharaReporters that the operation lasted for over an hour before local hunters and vigilante intervened and “chased the terrorists away.”
It was also learnt that some students were abducted by the terrorists while others were injured.