The Punch

CAN cries out as Baptist students spend 120 days with bandits

- FRIDAY OLOKOR and GODWIN ISENYO

he Christian Associatio­n of Nigeria on Saturday raised the alarm that four students of Bethel Baptist College in Kaduna have spent 120 days in the captivity of bandits after their kidnap four months ago.

The organisati­on therefore called on the government to double its efforts to end criminalit­y in the country.

The Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) and its chairman in Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph John hayab, said these in a statement titled ‘Four Baptist high School Kaduna students still with bandits over 120 days today.”

The statement read, “It is sad to again remind us that despite different security measures put forward by the government in Kaduna State, our children in Bethel Baptist high School who were kidnapped since July 5, 2021 on the school premises in Damishi, Kaduna have not all yet been released.

“Parents, school management, church leaders and relations are worried. We have prayed and we are still praying. We have appealed and cried out to the government and those who we think are responsibl­e for the security of our nation but the journey to freedom for these children has been with a speed of a snail.

“CAN in Kaduna State therefore wishes to let Nigerians know that we still have four of our school children in captivity. The pains and trauma their parents are going through cannot be described. We must not forget these children and we are pleading with all spirited Nigerians to join us to appeal to those concerned to do anything they can to bring the remaining children back home.”

“Government should therefore double its efforts to stop the evil these criminals are causing fellow citizens,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command says efforts are being made to rescue the remaining students unhurt.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammad Jalige, in an interview with one of our correspond­ents said the operatives of the command were doing “everything humanly possible to rescue the students and others languishin­g in kidnappers’ den across the state.”

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