The kidnappers of His Eminence Samuel Kanu-Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, and two other priests from the church have wanted N100 million ransom
The Prelate, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark, and the Chaplain of the Prelate were kidnapped on Sunday in Abia State’s Umunneochi Local Government Area.
They were kidnapped while they were leaving a programme in the council district.
Monday’s press release from the Secretary of the Conference, the Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Michael Akinwale, verified the demand.
He urged all parishioners to assist in the collection of the N100 million ransom.
The statement included the following: “The shocking news of the abduction of our Prelate, the Bishop of Owerri, and the Prelate’s Chaplain has left everyone in shock.
“This is a time of testing in which the Church must scream out that ‘The Lord who answers by fire’ must be our God in order to destroy all of the adversary’s schemes.
“Let us all arise and call upon the Lord!”
“As we engage in Prayer Warfare, please be advised that the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of N100 million.”
“Due to the severity of the situation and the severe necessity to end it for the safety of our Prelate and other abductees, it has become vital to ask your URGENT RESPONSE in raising the N100 million ransom.”
“The safety of the Prelate and other abductees must be of fundamental importance to everyone, and your spiritual and financial efforts will not go unrewarded.”
SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, verified the occurrence on Sunday.
“It’s extremely unfortunate. His rescue, along with that of the other priests with him, is a key priority.
Please provide credible information regarding their rescue,” Ogbonna has said.
Earlier on Monday, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of the Prelate and the two others. (NAN)