Community representatives have reportedly sent food items to bandits who abducted worshippers at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
This is just as the Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed concern that bandits in the state were not afraid of security agents because they knew the government would not sincerely bring them to justice.
Our correspondent reported that two of the 66 worshippers were killed by the bandits, one week after their abduction on October 31, 2021 during church service.
The bandits were said to have opened fire on five of their victims and killed three, while two others who sustained injuries were taken to the hospital.
The Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) and its chairman in Kaduna State, Rev Joseph Hayab, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, said food items had been sent to them since penultimate Thursday.
He said, “At the moment, we have 61 persons with the bandits because they took five out of the 66 and shot them. Three died and two had serious injuries but have now been discharged.
“The community representatives took some food items to the bandits that Thursday and negotiation is ongoing about the ransom they demanded.”
Hayab wondered how and where bandits were keeping 61 adults and security agencies could not trace them.
He said, “Bandits operating in Kaduna State have shown that they are not afraid of all our security measures probably because they know that the government will sincerely not bring them to justice even if they are arrested.
“We were told about the arrest of those who kidnapped and killed late Agom Adara, a paramount ruler, but over two years now nothing serious is being said about their prosecution.”
SOURCE: THE PUNCH