Alhassan Bello, Kaduna


DAILY COURIER – The remaining 16 worshippers abducted by bandits at Bege Baptist Church have regained their freedom.


The victims were among the 40 worshippers abducted by bandits on May 7, 2023, at the church in Madala, near Buruku, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State


Many of the victims had escaped from their abductors, leaving behind the 16.


Chairman, Kaduna State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Joseph Hayab, confirmed their release to newsmen in Kaduna, on Monday.


Hayab said they were released on Sunday, with many of them reunited with their families while those with injuries are presently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.


He expressed gratitude to the Muslim community in the area.


“The Muslim community where the worshippers were abducted contributed money and bought a motorcycle as part of the ransom required for the release of their Christian brothers and sisters in captivity.


“This goes to show good, caring and sincere neighbours that practically showed concern to the plight of their brothers and sisters that were abducted and their sincere wish that they return home to live together with them in peace and harmony,” he said.


Hayab said the exemplary life shown by the Muslim community in Madala should be emulated by all in other parts of the state for a united and peaceful coexistence that is needed for the overall development of the state.