By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Kaduna Baptist Church Conference has called on security agents in the state to take proactive measures to check the rising cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state with particular reference to Igabi local government area.
This is coming as three members of the denomination were said to have been abducted by unknown gunmen, barely a month after Reverend Hosea Akuchi of Nasara Baptist Church was murdered and his wife abducted until (alleged) ransom of N500,000 was paid.
Briefing newsmen about the development in Kaduna yesterday, Conference Chairman, Reverend Joshua Amangwai, said “We received report that on August 19, 2018, some terrorists invaded a village and murdered Rev. Hosea Akuchi and kidnapped his wife, Talatu Akuchi.
“The matter was reported at Rigasa Police Station and men were dispatched to the scene, but only thing they could do was to help in conveying his corpse to St. Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kakuri.
“The woman stayed one week with the kidnappers, and they demanded a N5 million ransom. After much prayers, negotiation and pleading, she was released on the 26th August, 2018, and landed in the hospital.
“On the day Hosea Akuchi was buried, another of our members, a female, was kidnapped in Pakah. Her abductors were demanding N2 million before she can be released.
“Similarly, two men, who are also Baptist Church members, were kidnapped in Gurguzu Village and nothing has been heard about them. This is what we have been going through here in Kaduna,” he stressed.
He continued that, “We want to passionately plead with the government to take the fight against the insurgents seriously, because they have left the North East and are scattered in vast forests for cover up, in order to reach their soft targets.
“This is an act of terrorism and criminality against the state and her citizens. We, therefore, call on the government to establish special security unit and strike force deport in the above mentioned places,” he added.