Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Plateau, demand N50 million ransom


The Catholic priest of St Anthony’s Parish, Angware community, in the Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State, Reverend James Kantoma, has been kidnapped by gunmen on Monday morning.

On the same day, kidnappers also abducted an Anglican Bishop, Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State his wife, and driver.

According to reports, the Catholic priest who is also the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the council area, was abducted at his house in the community by the gunmen, on Monday morning.

The State Chairman of CAN, Polycarp Lubo, confirmed the abduction of the cleric and described the incident as unfortunate.

He said that the abductors have made contacts and are demanding a ransom of N50 million before the priest, who is also the chairman of CAN in the local government council, will be freed.

While calling for calm, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Alabo Alfred, said that the Command has deployed officers and men from the anti-kidnapping unit to the community.

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