How Methodist Church Paid N100m Ransom for Prelate’s Freedom

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The Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche, has revealed that the church paid N100m to secure his release.

The cleric was kidnapped on Sunday along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.

Others abducted with him were Very Rev. Abidemi Shittu, his chaplain and Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark, the Bishop of Owerri.

However, their abductors released them on Monday after collecting ransom.

In a press conference addressed by Kanu-Uche in Lagos on Tuesday, the cleric recounted his ordeal, Punch reports.

“In order to catch up with my flight at 4 pm, we took off by 2 pm to go to the airport, oblivious of the fact that kidnappers were waiting on the road.

“As we were descending to Ileru in Abia State, they came out from the bush and divided themselves into three groups.

“Some were at the back, some at the centre. Then there was another group in front to make sure we did not run away.

“They fired shots at our vehicle and eventually abducted three of us. The communication man of the church and the driver escaped.

“They took us into the bush and tortured us. In the process of the torture, I hit my right eye on a tree and even when blood was flowing and was soaking my handkerchief, they did not feel like anything happened. All they said was that we should follow them.

“They even said that if they get Buhari, they will chew him to pieces because he had disappointed them.

“We were taken into the bush and we trekked up to 15 kilometres. Eventually at 11 pm, they said we should negotiate and each of us should pay N50m, making N150m.”

The cleric said they later reduce the money to N100m.

“They pointed their guns at us. They threatened that if we involved the DSS, police or Army, they would kill us.

“They said down there, there is a gully of seven decomposing bodies and we cut off their heads. We also perceived the odour of killed human beings.

“Their leader asked for five Ghana-Must-Go bags for the N100m. He also said Lagos is on their radar.

“I am asking that the government should act now before another thing starts to happen.

“The Methodist church sent N100m for the three of us who were kidnapped. The money came from members of the Methodist Church of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army is complicit in the kidnapping.”

Furthermore, Kanu-Uche said he noticed the presence of military men close to where the kidnappers operated as well as their cows.

Also, he claimed that the eight-man gang comprises “Fulani boys” who spoke Fulfulde while one of them understood English.

The gang’s leader would be around 35 years of age, according to the cleric.

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