Kaduna, 13 January, 2020 / 3:45 am (ACI Africa).
Days after the abduction of four Nigerian Major Seminarians by men “wearing military uniform”, the Catholic Bishops of the West African nation, the most populous in Africa, are counting on the security agencies in their country to make real their assurance of securing the release of the seminarians and called for prayers for the seminarians’ “speedy release”.
The Bishops were reacting to the Wednesday, January 8 incidence at the Good Shepherd Catholic Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Kaduna State when “bandits accessed the school dormitory where two hundred and sixty eight (268) students were being accommodated,” the police spokesman in Kaduna State, Yakubu Sabo has been quoted as saying.
Since then, various media have reported the action by the police in Kaduna to hunt down the kidnappers, with the Police Commissioner in the State, Umar Muri assuring members of the Good Shepherd Major Seminary, during his visit to the Catholic formation house, of his commitment to ensuring the seminarians’ release.
The abductors, according to various sources, were wearing military uniform, accessed the Seminary premises around 10.30 p.m. January 8, and operated for about 30 minutes.
“After head count of students with security agents, four seminarians have been declared missing. Kindly say a prayer for their release,” Fr. Joel Usman, the Registrar of the Good Shepherd Major Seminary has been quoted as saying.