– Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and two other clergy men who were abducted by gunmen in Kaduna have regained freedom
– The corpse of Rev. Anto was found almost decomposing in the bush
– A top official of United Church of Christ said that the two Christian leaders were taken to a private hospital in Kaduna
Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau, the president of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, and two other Christian leaders regained freedom after ten days in captivity.
Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev.Iliya Anto were abducted by armed gunmen on March 21 along Kaduna-Abuja Express on March 21.
The Nation reports that Rev. Anto was found dead in the bush where he was left by the kidnappers following his health condition.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a top official of United Church of Christ disclosed that Dziggau and Dzarma were freed on Wednesday, while the corpse of Rev. Anto was found almost decomposing in the bush. He added that the two clergy men were immediately taken to a private hospital in Kaduna.
“They were not looking too good and as soon as they brought them, a decision was taken that they needed to see a doctor, so they were taken to a private hospital in Kaduna for medical check-up, but I will not tell you the hospital because they need some rest.
“We don’t want people to disturb them until they are psychologically and physically fit to see people,” the source said.
The source alleged that Rev Anto was abandoned by the kidnappers because of his ill health. He recalled that a day after the abduction, the kidnappers called to inform that Anto was not well and they had dropped him at a location in the bush.
“But when dispatched people to the location to carry him, we couldn’t get him after combing the area. The kidnappers who may have been watching us from their hideout said we sent too many people to pick him, so they refused to give further description of the location and we thought they must have gone with him,” he said.
However, the source did not disclose whether a ransom was paid for the release of the two clergy men.