Kidnappers demand N200m to free priest, reverend sister – Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has said kidnappers are demanding N200 million for a Catholic priest and reverend sister abducted over three weeks ago.

“As I speak, for the past three weeks, my priest, a young man and a sister are still in captivity even though the Nigerian state wishes to pretend that we are not negotiating with the kidnappers.

“For the past three weeks my priest, a young man and a sister are still in captivity even though the Nigerian state wishes to pretend that we are not negotiating with the kidnappers.

“We are negotiating with the kidnappers as I’m talking because I don’t know how else to get back my priest.

“It is a very painful experience. My blood relations have been kidnapped. Last year, I lost a priest to kidnappers. I have lost a seminarian to kidnappers and somehow, we like to pretend we have a government.

“Of course, we have the apparatus of government, we have the scaffolding, but this scaffolding is important because people can see access to and appropriate resources of the state.

“As to what the state needs to do, they are still far away from that reality. It is a very painful and sad reality that as at the last conversation with the kidnappers, we have negotiated up to N20 million, which I do not have,” he said.

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