During Sunday’s service at Bege Baptist Church in Madala, located on Buruku Baringi road in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, it was reported that a group of bandits abducted no less than 40 worshippers.
Rev. John Hayab, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s Kaduna State chapter, confirmed the incident to the press in Kaduna on Monday.
The bandits seized the worshippers at approximately 9:30 am while in the middle of the service.
“The worshippers were in the Sunday service in the Church when around 9:30 am, they heard gunshots very close to the Church. The gunmen attacked the Church and went away with 40 worshippers,” he said.
Nonetheless, he included that 15 of the abducted worshippers managed to escape, while the remaining 25 individuals are still being held captive by the kidnappers.
“Along the way, somehow 15 of the kidnapped persons returned, remaining the rest 25 who are presently in captivity without any word from their abductors,” he said.
According to Hayab, attempts are being made to establish communication with the kidnappers about the 25 individuals still being held captive. The religious leader also hoped the abductors would show compassion and release the remaining hostages to their loved ones.
As of the time of reporting, there has been no official statement from either the state government or the state police command. Despite attempts to contact the state police command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, by our correspondent, no response has been received.