Nigerian authorities are looking for four seminarians, aged 18-23, who were abducted from the Good Shepherd Seminary, in Kaduna, on Wednesday evening. Although the kidnappers have been in contact with the families of the young men, there are no requirements for their release.
Catholic News Agency reports that Pius Kanwai, 19; Peter Umenukor, 23; Stephen Amos, 23; and Michael Nnadi, 18, were captured after a group of armed attackers broke into the seminary grounds around 10:30 on January 8. The shooters, allegedly in military camouflage opened fire at sporadic intervals, but didn’t hit anyone. Together with the four students, the group reportedly stole laptops and telephones.
The perpetrators have yet to be identified and have not set any ransom requirements. It’s been almost a week since the kidnapping, but there has been no further development.
Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN International, made a statement on January 13 rejecting the government’s failure to protect its citizens. He noticed agreements between the current social climate in Nigeria and that of Iraq just before the emergence of ISIS. He said:
“Already at that stage, Christians were abducted, robbed, and killed because there was no state protection. This should not happen to the Christians in Nigeria. The government must act now before it is too late. “
Although the fate of these four seminarians is still unknown, it is possible that they will be released. At the end of 2019, a Nigerian priest was abducted and released within two days.