The abductors of the eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Kaduna State have demanded a ₦50 million ransom before they will release them.
This was disclosed by a senior pastor of the church in an interview on Saturday.
According to the cleric, who asked to remain anonymous, the church members were kidnapped by the bandits at about 6 pm on Friday night along Kachia road.
He said the bandits took away the church members to an unknown destination while the bus which they were travelling with was abandoned by the roadside.
“It’s true. It happened around 6:00 p.m. They are asking for N50 million,” the Nigerian Tribune quoted the RCCG cleric, who’s a Special Assistant to the General Overseer, as saying.
He added that the church has contacted the security agencies over the incident with the hope that they will help in securing the immediate rescue of the eight church members.
Meanwhile, the police authorities in Kaduna state have confirmed the abduction of the eight Redeemed Church members on Friday night.
Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, said the command is working closely with the leadership of the church in the state to ascertain the actual number of those that were abducted.
He added that police operatives have launched a manhunt with a view to arresting the criminals and rescuing the victims alive.