One of four Nigerian seminarians kidnapped last month in Kaduna, Nnadi Micheal has been found dead while the three seminarians kidnapped along with him were released in the weeks following their kidnapping.
The students were abducted from Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna hostel by gunmen dressed in military uniforms on January 8, 2020.
In a statement released on Saturday night, February 2, issued by Registrar, Good Shepherd Major Seminary Kaduna, Rev. Fr. Dr. Joel Usman.
He said “This is to inform all our friends and well wishers that the remaining abducted seminarian has been found dead.
“Thank you very much for your prayerful support.
“Let us keep praying for Nigeria.” Michael Nnadi was 18 years old.
Recall that, Nnadi and three others was taken by gunmen from Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, about 10:30 pm on January 8.
With him were Pius Kanwai, 19; Peter Umenukor, 23; and Stephen Amos, 23. The four seminarians were at the beginning of their philosophy studies.
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.
At least 270 seminarians live at Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna.
The seminary is located just off the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria Express Way. According to AFP, the area is “notorious for criminal gangs kidnapping travelers for ransom.”
Schoolgirls and staff from a boarding school located near the same highway were kidnapped in October, and were later released.
In the last year, several priests and seminarians, along with pastors from other Christian denominations, have been kidnapped in Nigeria, some for ransom, and some by Islamist militant and terrorist groups.