Three seminarians at the Christ the King Major Seminary in Kafanchan, domiciled within St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state were abducted by unknown gunmen.
The incident was confirmed by Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, which stated that the fourth year theology students, were abducted on Monday at about 7:26 pm when the terrorists attacked the institution.
In a memo dated October 12, 2021, and addressed to the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Province, the Chancellor, Kafanchan Diocese, Emmanuel Okolo, a Rev father, said six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack and were taken to Salem Hospital, Kafanchan, where they were treated and discharged.
“We announce with unease the kidnap of three major seminarians of the Christ the King Major Seminary, our diocesan Major Seminary is domiciled within the St. Albert Institute.
“It houses mostly the formators and seminarians preparing for the catholic priesthood. The Seminarians receive academic formation from the St. Albert Institute.
“The event took place on Monday, 11th October 2021 at about 7.26pm, in the Chapel of the Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“Six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries. A dispatch of soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) was on ground to accompany some formators and the injured seminarians to Salem Hospital in Kafanchan.
“There, they were treated and discharged after being confirmed to be stable,” the memo stated.
The memo said, from the reports of the seminary security guards and the law enforcement personnel and the headcount conducted after Mass on the 11th October, 2021, “it was confirmed that three Theology seminarians in their fourth year, were abducted.”
“These seminarians belong to the Apostles of Divine Charity and the Little Sons of the Eucharist Congregation.
“We ask for your closeness to us in praying for the quick and safe release of our abducted brothers.
“The entire well-wishers of our Institute and Seminary are hereby encouraged to desist from taking the laws into their hands.
“We would use every legitimate means to ensure their prompt and secure release.
“May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Wilfred intercede for our abducted brothers and all other kidnapped persons…” the memo said.