Gunmen suspected to be members of the deadly Boko Haram insurgents had kidnapped a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ibrahim Amuta and three other members of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) on their way to Chibok to distribute relief items to internally displaced persons.
The corps member’s housemate, Success Ezeanya, whose tweet about the abduction went viral on Saturday, told newsmen on Monday that he was told by a member of the church that the insurgents demanded for N200m for them to release those they kidnapped.
“I haven’t heard anything from AB’s family members. I think they are communicating directly with the church, so I have not heard anything directly from them. I know he is the only son; I don’t know if he is the only child. According to one of the church members, Boko Haram asked for a ransom of N200m,” Ezeanya said.
Reports revealed that Amuta served as a vigilante, so he has an experience of combating crime as a member of a vigilante group in Jos, Plateau state.
Speaking with pressmen on Monday, Ezeanya described the abducted corps members as audacious, adding that he had known Amuta since August 2018. He said that the other housemates shared his sentiment about the victim’s courage.
“That shouldn’t be the discussion now. The most important thing is how to have him released, not how he went there. When he comes back, we can begin to query him on why he went there. But the most important thing we should concern ourselves with now is getting him out,” he stated.
When contacted on the phone, the Pastor of LFC in Borno state, Victor Samaila, declined to speak on the incident.
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