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Amid the continued confinement of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State 17 days after they were abducted by armed bandits, no fewer than eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, were on Friday abducted by gunmen.
A Facebook user, Eje Faraday, around 7pm broke the news on his page with a picture of the white vehicle.
“All the passengers in this bus were just kidnapped along Kachia Road, 63 km from Kaduna,” he wrote.
Punch Newspaper reports that, an official of the church, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed, “They were eight in number on the bus. They were going to Kachia in preparation for the church’s Let’s Go a Fishing Easter programme. The gunmen took them out of the bus and put them in their own operational vehicle. They have yet to contact the church.”
In the meantime, the father of one of the 39 abducted college students in Kaduna State, Ibrahim Shamaki, is dead.
Ibrahim was the father of Fatima Shamaki, one of the girls with hijab seen in the video that was released by bandits who invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in the Afaka area of the state.
According to family sources, late Shamaki died of a heart attack after he fell ill shortly after the news of his daughter’s abduction was broken to him – Fatima Shamaki and the other abducted students prepare to spend their 15th night in the captivity of the bandits.