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CAN to Buhari: Order immediate rescue of Methodist Prelate, others; Abductors demand N100m ransom

Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche, Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria

Bridget Ikyado, Abuja/Leonard Okachie, Umuahia

May 30, 2022

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the abduction of the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain, and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order their immediate rescue.

This is as the abductors of the Clerics have demanded the sum of N100 million as ransom. They were whisked off by gunmen on Sunday in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State. They were abducted while they were on their way from a programme in the council area.

The statement from CAN to Buhari, on Monday, titled: “CAN asks Buhari to order immediate rescue of Methodist Prelate, two others,’’ was signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle.

CAN appealed to Buhari to give an order to the security agencies to “free them immediately and stop the incessant abduction of clerics and other innocent Nigerians forthwith.”

The CAN statement reads in part, “If a great Servant of God of Uche’s calibre could be kidnapped like a three-year-old baby on a major road without any resistance from the police, it speaks volumes of what our security architecture has become.

“No fewer than 10 clerics have been kidnapped this year alone and none was rescued by the security agencies.

“In two instances, the victims were killed by their captors, unfortunately!

“This situation is not good for our nation at all,’’ CAN said.

The association called on Buhari to do all within his powers to get these servants of God released very soon and unhurt.

“We call on Christians and other well-meaning Nigerians to join us in praying for their release immediately,’’ CAN said.

The Secretary of the Conference, the Rt. Revd. (Dr.) Michael Akinwale confirmed the demand in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday.
He appealed to all parishioners to rise up and help in raising the N100million ransom.
The secretary released the account particulars as follows: “Name: Methodist Church Nigeria. Account Number: 2000041229. Bank: First Bank.”
The statement read in part:
“The devastating news of the abduction of our Prelate, the Bishop of Owerri, and the Prelate’s Chaplain has left everybody in shock.
“This is a period of trial in which the Church must cry out that ‘The Lord that answereth by Fire’ must be our God to destroy all the manipulations of the adversary.
“Let us all arise and cry out to the Lord!
“As we engage in Prayer Warfare, this serves to notify you that the abductors have demanded a ransom of N100m.
“In view of the urgency and the dire need to arrest the situation for the safety of our Prelate and other abductees, it has become imperative to seek your URGENT RESPONSE to raise the N100m ransom.
“The safety of the Prelate and other abductees must be of paramount concern to all, and your contributions spiritually and monetarily shall not go unrewarded.”
NAN reports that the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna had confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Sunday.
“It’s quite unfortunate. Efforts are in top gear toward his rescue as well as other priests with him.
“We solicit credible information from the public toward their rescue, please,” Ogbonna had said.

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