CAN admits paying N100m for kidnapped Methodist Prelate's release

Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has revealed that the ransom of N100m placed by the kidnappers of the Methodist Prelate, His Eminence, Dr Samuel Kanu-Uche, was paid by the church. The Prelate was kidnapped alongside the Bishop of Methodist Church, Owerri Diocese, and the Prelate's chaplain on their way from a farewell visit in Abia State on Sunday. They regained their freedom the next day.

In a press conference in Lagos, the Prelate said the ransom was raised by the Methodist Church in Nigeria (MCN). He added that the Federal or State Government, nor the military or police did not intervene in his kidnap.

Meanwhile, in an interview with journalists on Tuesday, the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Stephen Adegbite, who is also bishop of the diocese of Ikeja, MCN, spoke about the Prelate's ordeal in the kidnappers den. 

He said, “We did everything humanly possible, and God supported us. We appealed to good Methodist people and they gave us the money so that the prelate will not sleep in the bush for the second night.

“He had no medication with him. They didn’t allow him to eat anything for more than 12, 14 hours. He would have died in the forest. What are we going to say to the world? That we couldn’t pay the N100 million?

“He is going to retire very soon and that is why we were very passionate. We called on ministers, bishops and we started the donation.

“To the glory of God, the life of the prelate, Dr. Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche, is bigger than N100 million.

“But that money we gave to them is the last one they will take because it is blood money, and God will descend on them and they will know that what they have done, they won’t do it anymore by the grace of God.”

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