CAN Chief’s Kidnap: N100m Ransom Slashed to N20m… CAN Politics Fingered As 3 Pastors Disappear!
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has condemned the abduction of three pastors in Kaduna state, calling on security agencies to rescue them unharmed.
The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, said CAN received with rude shock and disbelief the criminal and unwarranted kidnap of its committed members.
It would be recalled that three pastors, President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria and leader of TEKAN/ECWA bloc of CAN, Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau, his Vice, Rev. Iliya Anto and one Rev. Yakubu Dzarma, were abducted by gunmen in the evening of March 21, along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway in Dutse, few kilometres from Kaduna town.
Dziggau, along with the others, was supervising the construction of an Easter ground in preparation for an Easter retreat for his Church.
Their abductors had demanded a ransom of N100m, but recent developments reveal that the abductors have slashed their ransom to N20m.
A family member to Dziggau, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said his abductors placed a call to them and reduced the ransom to N20m.
He said, “They have reduced the ransom from N100m to N20m. The kidnappers contacted the family and have reduced the ransom to N20m. But negotiation is still going on.
“We are calling on security agencies to act fast. Dziggau was kidnapped on the day he was billed to submit the list of TEKAN/ECWA Electoral College in CAN because the tenure of CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oristsejafor elapses in July. It was also scheduled that on March 29, TEKAN/ECWA would meet to review the candidates to be pushed for the Presidency of CAN.
“Dziggau who is the Head of the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc in CAN, had been under intense pressure, but he had consistently insisted that as a father of all, the church would and must produce its own leader.
“For us, this abduction, especially at the time when he was billed to submit the list of the members of the Electoral College and also a candidate to represent the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc for CAN Presidency, was politically motivated,” the family member stated.
The General Secretary of CAN also noted that “The news of the abduction of Dziggau and his colleagues obviously came to us as a rude shock knowing that, as a minister of the gospel who has served humanity in various capacities, preaching the message of love, peace and service to God and humanity, he should be a target of the kidnappers’ weapon.
“We kindly request all men and women of goodwill to join faith with us as we lift our eyes in prayer unto the hills of heaven. We have an assurance that our help ultimately comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth and the author of life.
“Our God will not let us down. He will touch the hearts of Dziggau’s abductors and all those involved in this unwholesome act of criminality and wickedness to release him immediately and unconditionally.
“On behalf of the national leadership of CAN and the entire body of Christ, we hereby register our grief over this very sad development and also register our solidarity with the families of our abducted brothers. Our hearts go out in prayer for their quick and unconditional release by their captors unharmed.
“We wish to use this opportunity to call on all the relevant security agencies and the Kaduna State Government, where Dziggau resides, to leave no stone unturned in ensuring their quick release,” Asake added.
SOURCE: THE PUNCH
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