18-Year-Old Abducted Seminarian in Nigeria Killed by Kidnappers, Three Other Young Seminarians Released by Captors

Michael Nnadi

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria is mourning the murder of an 18-year-old seminarian abducted earlier this month along with three other seminarians who have since been released. 

The body of MichaelNnadi was discovered along with the remains of Bola Ataga, the wife of Kaduna Dr. Phillip Ataga, on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in Kaduna state.

As the security situation in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, that roadway has become notorious for kidnappings carried out by bandits and gangs.

Nnadi and the three other seminarians ages 18 to 23 — Pius Kanwai, Peter Umenukor and Stephen Amos — were kidnapped on Jan. 8 at the Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna by unknown assailants.

Last Friday, CBCN announced in a statement by conference registrar Father Joel Usman that three of the seminarians had been released by their captors. But Usman explained that Nnadi was still detained and called for continued prayers.

The next day, however, Usman issued another Facebook post explaining that Nnadi’s body had been found.

“With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son, Nnadi was murdered by the bandits on a date we cannot confirm,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto said in a statement. “He and the wife of a doctor were arbitrarily separated from the group and killed.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith