he Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State has explained in details the attack by bandits on its seminary in St. Albert Institute known as Christ the King Major Seminary.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports the bandits stormed the St. Albert Institute located in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of the State and attacked seminarians in the Chapel of the Seminary.
According to a statement by the Chancellor of Kafanchan Diocese, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Uche Okolo, at the time of the attack, 132 seminarians, 6 non-seminarians, one female non-academic staff and one steward were on ground.
Rev. Fr Okolo, however, stated that six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries, and that, contrary to our earlier report, three theology and four seminarians were abducted.
The statement reads: “We announce with unease the kidnap of three major seminarians of the Christ the King Major Seminary, our diocesan Major Seminary domiciled within the St. Albert Institute.
“It houses mostly the formators and seminarians preparing for the catholic priesthood. The Seminarians receive academic formation from the St. Albert Institute.
“The event. took place on Monday, 11 October 2011 at about 7.26pm, in the Chapel of the Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“As at the time of the attack to formators including the Rectors of the Seminary and the Institute, 132 seminarians, 6 non-seminarians, one female non-academic staff and one steward were on ground.
“Six seminarians sustained various degrees of injuries. A dispatch of soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) was on ground to accompany some formators and the injured seminarians to Salem Hospital in Kafanchan. There, they were treated and discharged after being confirmed to be stable.
“From the narrative of the seminary security agents, the law enforcement personnel and the headcount conducted after Mass on the 12 October, 2021, it was confirmed that three Theology Four seminarians were abducted. These seminarians belong to the Apostles of Divine Charity and the Little Sons of the Eucharist Congregation.
“We ask for your closeness to us in praying for the quick and safe release of our abducted brothers. The entire well-wishers of our Institute and Seminary are hereby encouraged to desist from taking the laws into their hands. We would use every legitimate means to ensure their prompt and secure release.
“May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St Wilfred intercede for our abducted brothers and all other kidnapped persons”.