President Muhammadu Buhari
CAN urges FG to rescue 4 kidnapped students in custody for 4 months
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised the alarm urging the federal government to do whatever it can to rescue four students of Bethel Baptist College, Kaduna, who have already spent four months in the hands of kidnappers who invaded the school on July 5 and kidnapped 121 students initially.
Periscope International recalls that while some of the students escaped from their captors’ custody, and others were released in batches, the kidnappers have yet to release the remaining four students after four months in captivity.
CAN which made the call in a statement on Sunday noted the development with great sadness and grief and urged the Federal Government to do everything possible to rescue the remaining students and reunite them with their traumatized families.
Kaduna State CAN Chairman and its Vice President in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, in the statement titled ‘Four Baptist High School Kaduna students still with bandits over 120 days today,” lamented that CAN was now helpless, having relentlessly prayed, appealed, cried out and contacted government authorities over the fate of the students to no avail.
“It is sad to again remind us that despite different security measures put forward by the government in Kaduna State, our children in Bethel Baptist High School who were kidnapped since July 5, 2021 on the school premises in Damishi, Kaduna have not all yet been released.
“Parents, school management, church leaders and relations are worried. We have prayed and we are still praying. We have appealed and cried out to the government and those who we think are responsible for the security of our nation but the journey to freedom for these children has been with a speed of a snail.
“CAN in Kaduna State therefore wishes to let Nigerians know that we still have four of our school children in captivity. The pains and trauma their parents are going through cannot be described.
“We must not forget these children and we are pleading with all spirited Nigerians to join us to appeal to those concerned to do anything they can to bring the remaining children back home.
“Government should therefore double its efforts to stop the evil these criminals are causing fellow citizens,” CAN said in the statement.