After nearly a month in captivity, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) reports that their abductors released the 16 remaining worshippers of Bege Baptist Church in Madala, Kaduna State.
In a tragic incident on May 7, 2023, terrorists kidnapped 40 worshippers from the church, with 24 managing to escape. The fate of the remaining captives remained unknown until now.
CAN Chairman in Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, confirmed on Monday the joyful news of the release of the 16 abducted worshippers.
According to Rev. Hayab, the Muslim community in the area played a significant role in securing the release. They contributed an undisclosed amount of money and provided motorcycles as ransom, eventually leading to the kidnapped individuals’ freedom.
With heartfelt appreciation extended to the Muslim community, Hayab said, “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 neighbors that practically showed concern for 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.
“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.”
Hayab emphasized that the Muslim community’s actions demonstrated that education is not a prerequisite for doing what is necessary. He further stresses the importance of Nigerians standing together as their brothers’ keepers to address the prevailing security challenges in the country.
Furthermore, Hayab stated that the bandits released the remaining 16 worshippers on Sunday, allowing them to reunite with their families.