Insecurity: Bandits Attack Catholic Seminary, Abduct Seminarians in Kaduna

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Monday night attacked St Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a Catholic Seminary in Kaduna state, and abducted some seminarians.

It was learnt that the bandits invaded the seminary, located at Fayit community in Kagoma chiefdom, Jama’a LGA of Kaduna, around 7:26 pm.

Seven persons were said to have been abducted by the bandits while some other persons were injured.

Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna, Emmanuel Okolo, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said six other seminarians were injured during the attack.

The statement read; ”We announce with unease the kidnap of three major seminarians of the Christ the King Major Seminary. Christ the King Major Seminary, our diocesan Major Seminary, is domiciled within the St. Albert Institute. It houses mostly the formators and seminarians preparing for the Catholic priesthood,” the statement reads.

”The Seminarians receive academic formation from the St. Albert Institute. The event took place on Monday, 11th October 2021 at about 7.26 pm, in the Chapel of the Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“As at the time of the attack, 10 formators including the Rectors of the Seminary and the Institute, 132 seminarians, 6 non-seminarians, one female non-academic staff and one steward were on the ground.

”Six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries. A dispatch of soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) was on the ground to accompany some formators and the injured seminarians to Salem Hospital in Kafanchan. There, they were treated and discharged after being confirmed to be stable.

”From the narrative of the seminary security agents, the law enforcement personnel and the headcount conducted after Mass on the 12th October, 2021, it was confirmed that three Theology Four seminarians were abducted. These seminarians belong to the Apostles of Divine Charity and the Little Sons of the Eucharist Congregation.”

The diocese urged the public to pray for the safety of the victims, adding that it would “use every legitimate means to ensure their prompt and secure release”.

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