Nasarawa State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN ), Bishop Joseph Masin
LAFIA - Nasarawa State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Bishop Joseph Masin, has been released by his abductors.
He was kidnapped on May 27 by unidentified gunmen who stormed his residence in the midnight at Bukan Sidi area of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, and took him away to an unknown destination.
One of the CAN Chairman’s sons, Pastor Sam Joseph, said: “The Bishop was released around 11 pm on Saturday and arrived home around 2am this Sunday.” It is unknown if a ransom was paid or not.
A source said that the kidnappers had demanded for a ransom of N20 million a day after he was abducted.
Immediate past Secretary of the association, Elder Yohanna Samari, said the clergy was taken on a motorcycle when he was abducted by the gunmen in Lafia.
Clergymen and their family members have been targeted by kidnappers in Nigeria. In March this year, kidnappers abducted the son and daughter of the presiding Pastor of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Pastor Komolafe Amos, in Anguwar Wadata in Abaji, opposite the newly established Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), Abuja.
They were, however, set free a week after, according to a member of the victims’ family who preferred anonymity.
He told our source that they were set free after a ransom payment of N750, 000 to the kidnappers. There are many other cases all over the country this year alone.
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