By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA – A ransom tag of N100 million has been demanded by abductors of the President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau.
The leader of the Church was kidnapped along with his Vice President, Rev. Iliya Anto and one Rev. Yakubu Zarma by gunmen along the Kaduna – Abuja Express Way yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that men of God were on the church farm, 17km away on the Kaduna Abuja expressway when the bandits struck.
However, one Rev. Jubrailu Ibrahim Wobiat, managed to escaped to later narrate the story.
He said: “We went to clear the land to start building our seminary school.
“We finished work of the day and we were about leaving. The Vice President was to take off to Abuja, suddenly we saw men wearing masks and armed with AK-47 rifles.
“They were about six. They blocked the small access road leading to the main road as our President, his vice and the other clergy man were driving out of the place.
“They ordered them out of their cars, but one of the drivers who was driving the Vice President escaped and ran back to those of us who were still behind at the site to tell us about what had happened.
“We quickly abandoned our cars and ran into the bush for our dear lives and got to the Express Way to the town. The police later escorted us to pick our cars.
“They demanded for N100 million, they also told us that the Vice President is sick and they described a location where we could pick him.
“But when we went there with the police, we couldn’t see him. Somehow, they were monitoring us
All efforts to get the reaction of the Kaduna state police command proved abortive as the spokesman of the command, Zubairu Abubakar , Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was not responding to phone calls.