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4 seminarians kidnapped in Kaduna named

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4 seminarians kidnapped in Kaduna named

Four seminarians kidnapped in Kaduna by gunmen have been named by a leading Catholic charity, Aid to the Church In Need.They are Pius Kanwai, 19, Peter Umenukor, 23, Stephen Amos, 23, and 18-year-old Michael Nnadi.

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They were kidnapped 8 January from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna.

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Gunmen broke through the fence surrounding the living quarters of the seminary, forced themselves into the student hostel, and stole some of the students’ valuables before abducting the seminarians

The four men came from different dioceses across northern Nigeria and had only just started studying for the priesthood, the Catholic publication, said

The kidnappers’ identity and motive remain unknown

Police said their quick response prevented the attackers from taking more students

Abductions have risen sharply in Kaduna

The Rev John Joseph Hayab, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said abductions in the state had become “a big business” but others are taken for religious reasons

On December 26, 2019, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Daesh (ISIS), released a video purporting to show 10 Christians being beheaded on Christmas Day

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto responded by criticising the Nigerian authorities for not doing enough to prevent kidnapping

He told ACN: “The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is Boko Haram is holding a bomb.”

On 25th March 2019, Father John Bako Shekwolo, a priest of Kaduna archdiocese, was kidnapped. His whereabouts is still unknown

Nearly two weeks earlier, Father Clement Ugwu of St Mark’s Catholic Church in Enugu state was abducted from his parish home and a few days later his decomposing corpse was found 12 miles from his home

Leah Sharibu, abducted on 19th February 2018, is still in the custody of Boko Haram

She was taken with 109 other girls but she alone was held back after she refused to convert to Islam