t. Albert Institute of Philosophy/Christ the King Major Seminary, located at Fayit Fadan Kagoma, Southern Kaduna has been attacked and students abducted.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the seminary was attacked on Monday night by some yet to be identified gunmen, who took away five seminarians in the process.
The gunmen, suspected to be armed bandits, in commando style, stormed the seminary owned by the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan at about 8 pm (WAT).
According to a source who spoke with TNG, the gunmen came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons, surrounded the premises of the seminary and overpowered the students.
A recorded audio message by one of the victims, who narrowly escaped, indicated they had just finished evening prayers when the gunmen attacked, shooting sporadically.
“They then captured about six students who were still in the church,” the male voice in the audio recording said.
He added: “The other students who left early and were already having their dinner at the dining hall on hearing the gunshots escaped in disarray to different directions. Some ran to the nearby river where another set of students were captured”.
TNG, however, learnt that seven students were actually kidnapped in the process, but that two students who were injured were left behind by the kidnappers, while five students were taken away.
TNG reports the St. Albert Institute in Kaduna is a degree awarding cum major seminary, which was established by Bishop Joseph Bagobiri.
The institute commenced academic activities in October 2011 with a pioneer students of 71 comprising 31 lay students and 40 seminarians. The institute was officially inaugurated on 17th March, 2012.
TNG reports it took the efforts of the military, vigilantes and hunters to arrest the situation.