Amid continued confinement of 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State 17 days after they were abducted by armed bandits.
No fewer than 8 members of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were on Friday abducted by gunmen. Saturday PUNCH gathered the victims were on the church bus travelling for a programme when they were attacked.
A Facebook user, Eje Faraday, around 7pm broke the news on his page with a picture of the white vehicle.
“All passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 km from Kaduna,” he wrote.
A credible source and official of the church confirmed the report. He said,
“They were 8 in the bus. They were going to Kachia in preparation for the Let’s Go a Fishing Easter programme. Gunmen took them out of the bus and put them in their own operational vehicle. They have yet to contact the church.”
State Police PRO, Mohammed Jalige, said he was still making enquiries on the incident. He said, “I have contacted our officers along that axis. Actually, we have 3 divisions in that area.
I have responses from 2 DPOs, who said they were not aware of the incident. I am just waiting for the response of the 3rd DPO. When I get it, I will let you know.” RCCG Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, did not answer calls to his mobile, which rang several times.