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February 2, 20204min1360
The Seminarian,18 year old Michael Nnadi who last month was kidnapped alongside some of his colleagues from The Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna has been found killed.
His corpse was found on Saturday alongside a mother and a wife of a Kaduna-based medical doctor Philip Ataga.
While Nnadi was kidnapped in the night of 8 January in his seminary, Mrs Ataga and her two children were kidnapped on 24 January by armed men from the family’s residence at Juji, in Chikun LGA of Kaduna state.

Her captors were said to have killed her after her family failed to meet their demand of a N150 million ransom for the deceased and two of her children who were also abducted.

“The bandits killed Mrs. Ataga, dumped her corpse and called her husband and directed him to pick the corpse at a particular location’, reports say.
Her corpse was picked and deposited at the mortuary at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna. After killing her, the bandits are still reportedly making a demand of N20 million ransom for the release of the children.

Nnadi, whose body was also recovered on Saturday was one of the four students kidnapped from a Kaduna seminary.

The four seminarians initially kidnapped: Left Pius Kanwai; Middle top, Peter Umenukor; middle-below, Michael Nnadi, who did not return and right Stephen Amos.

The four students, including Pius Kanwai, 19, Peter Umenukor, 23, Stephen Amos, 23 were kidnapped from The Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna.

The gunmen, disguised in military camouflage, broke through the fence surrounding the seminarians’ living quarters and began shooting sporadically. They stole laptops and phones before kidnapping the four young men.

Rev. Fr. Joel Usman, Registrar of the Seminary, who announced the release of three of the students on Friday in Kaduna, was hopeful for the return of the fourth student.

But today, Michael Nnadi, the youngest of the four captives was found dead. The kidnappers had done their worst.

“With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son, Michael was murdered by the bandits on a date we cannot confirm. He and the wife of a doctor were arbitrarily separated from the group and killed. The Rector identified the corpse this afternoon,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, said in a statement released Feb. 1.

According to Catholic News Agency, the three students who were freed by the abductors, were released piece-meal. On Jan. 20, ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner, reported that one of the abducted seminarians had been freed by his kidnappers after 10 days in captivity.

That seminarian was dumped alongside the highway with extensive injuries, which are believed to have been sustained during the kidnapping. He is now receiving medical treatment.

On Friday, 31 January, Rev. Fr. Joel Usman announced that two more of the kidnapped seminarians had been released.

With agency reports

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