The Methodist prelate, Samuel Kanu-Uche, recounts the terrible experience of the kidnapping and insists on the complicity of the soldiers

The Prelate of Nigerian Methodist ChurchSamuel Kanu-Uche, has recounted his experiences at the hands of the kidnappers who attacked him in the Umunneochi local government area of ​​Abia state in southeastern Nigeria. Mr. Kanu-Uche was abducted last week while returning from a program in the area with his chaplain, Abidemi Shittu, and the Church’s Bishop of Owerri, Dennis Okechukwu. The clerics were released almost two days later after paying the kidnappers N100 million. In an interview with Arise TV on Thursday and rebroadcast on Saturday morning, the prelate said his vehicle was attacked by a group of eight heavily armed youths dressed in black. He said his driver had tried to elude the kidnappers when they jumped out of the bushes, but they shot and flattened his vehicle’s tires. “After two of them shot at our tires, our vehicle began to descend and fell,” he recalled. The cleric said they were forced into a forest after the leader of the kidnappers introduced himself as the general commander of the forest in the area and also in charge of the kidnappings of Lokpa, Isuochi, Ihube and Isikwuato, all in the state. of Abia. According to the Methodist prelate, the commander told him that they were not thieves but that they only kidnapped for ransom, assuring that they would be released if they managed to pay the agreed ransom. Later, the Commander warned the cleric that they would be beheaded and their corpses dumped in a large ravine without being tracked if they did not pay the ransom. Kanu-Uche said they were joined in the vehicle by two male church officials who fled during the attack. The cleric said they threatened to kill one of them when he begged the kidnappers to accept N50 million as ransom. “They said that the minimum you can pay us and that we will accept is N100 million,” the cleric said. Kanu-Uche said the hijackers said the money would be shared with their backers. He said the church banded together to get the money to the kidnappers before they were asked to leave. “When they went to collect the ransom (from our people), they brought more people hiding somewhere with more weapons. “And they had no heart. When they said ‘you can go’ they didn’t even give us N200 to get on a bike. Any. They just let us walk like that. It was the worst humiliation I have ever witnessed in my life,” she said. He said his wedding ring valued at $150 and other valuables were stolen. Who are the kidnappers? Kanu-Uche also revealed the identities of the kidnappers, insisting that members of the Outlawed Biafran Indigenous People had nothing to do with their ordeal. “It was a total kidnapping by the Fulani herdsmen. His cattle were very close by. And I suspect that those who cut off people’s heads are not really Igbo. The Igbo are not known for chopping people’s heads off,” he said. The Methodist prelate, who hails from Ihube in Imo state, said that when he spoke to his colleague in the Igbo language, the kidnappers’ leader interrupted in Igboland, explaining to the prelate that he grew up in Umuahia and also understood the language. The gang leader also told the cleric that he joined the kidnapping business because he has been taking on the responsibility of defending his younger siblings after losing his parents. “There are Fulani children born in Igboland. You can’t tell them apart (from the original Igbo). They grew up there (in Igboland) and integrated with the Igbo,” the cleric said, trying to explain the leader’s fluency in the Igbo language despite being a Fulani. Regarding the type of people the kidnappers are, the clergyman said, “some of them are completely illiterate. Only one (of them) communicated fluently.” Explaining further, Mr. Kanu-Uche said: “Your leader said he was a Fulani from Sudan and around five of them are all Fulani from Sudan and two of them were from Mali and one of them was from Songhai. But they have lived in Nigeria for many years. Complicit soldiers, insists Kanu-Uche The Nigerian military has previously denied claims that its troops were complicit in the kidnapping of the cleric and his colleagues, but Kanu-Uche insisted that soldiers whose checkpoint was near the area cannot deny complicity. “In fact, people saw an (unidentified) boy in front of the military checkpoint (near the area). So our man wanted to harass him (yelling) ‘what are you doing there? Who are you?’ (but) the military said ‘hey! Hears!! Hears!!! Leave him. He has come to leave us something. “And it’s the same military that normally tell people, ‘don’t cross here, if you cross this line, we’ll fire you. Do not enter the bush,” he narrated. “So why are they protecting people (alleged kidnappers)? Why are they protecting them? the clergyman asked. “Some people have plans to do something in this country. But only God will frustrate him.” SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; The Methodist prelate, Samuel Kanu-Uche, recounts the terrible experience of the kidnapping and insists on the complicity of the soldiers