By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—Reverend Emmanuel Dziggau, who was kidnapped on March 21, said, yesterday, that N4 million was paid to his abductors nine days after three of them were taken at gunpoint on Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
His revelation contradicts the position of police, which said that no ransom was paid.
Dziggau made the revelation while fielding questions from journalists during his retirement service at the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, UNCCN, otherwise known in Hausa as Haddaiya Eklisiyan Christi ah Nigeria, HEKAN, in Kaduna.
The 63-year-old HECAN President, who served the Church for 35 years and was given his retirement certificate during yesterday’s service, said: “I have been through a lot of challenges in my life. But the experience I went through in the nine days we were kidnapped was the worse, and I don’t pray for any human being to pass through same.”
He said Rev. Iliya Anto and Rev. Yakubu Ndzarma had accompanied him to a site the church was clearing to start a new schools, when nine armed men came from the bush and held them captive and started moving them on foot naked, except for their underwears, towards an unknown direction in the bush at 4p.m.
He said: “Rev. Anto was recuperating from a surgery and could not move for more than 30 munites. They beat him thinking he was lying, until they discovered that he had fainted.
“They left him and dropped five-hundred naira for his transport fare, should be regain consciousness.
“We passed many kidnappers camp. On a approaching a camp, our captors would shot in the air as a signal to the other criminals.
“They were Fulani and I could hear what they were saying. We walked on until around 3p.m. the next day.
“We were in a place around Minna in Niger State. For these nine days, I did not take a shower. I don’t think police have the kinds of weapons they have.
“We were aware that they were negotiating. On the ninth day, they told us that our ransmom had been paid. That they have been given N4 million and that we were free.
“They showed us direction and said that we will meet a church member of ours who will carry us on a bike.”