Report on Interest

kidnappers kill pastor’s wife after collecting N250,000 ransom

By News desk

Esther Katung, a wife of Pastor Ishaku Katung of Evangelical Church of West Africa(ECWA) in Bagoma, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State , has been killed by suspected kidnappers after they collected N250,000 ransom from the family.

The deceased, it was, was abducted on September 14 in Bagoma when bandits invaded  her home at about 11.30 pm and her husband escaped with serious injuries when the kidnappers came looking for them.

It  was gathered that the late Esther Katung and other two victims initially escaped from captivity, but she ran out of luck and was recaptured by the kidnappers, who broke her leg and smashed her head, leading to her death.

The hoodlums were said to have dumped her corpse in the bush which was later discovered days after the family paid the ransom.

It was also gathered that even after killing her, the hoodlums gave the impression that she was still alive and insisted on collecting the ransom before releasing her.

The kidnappers were said to have demanded for N5 million as ransom, but after a series of negotiations and pleadings, they agreed to collect N250,000 for her release.

Confirming the incident, Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Joseph Hayab, lamented  the state of insecurity in Nigeria to the extent that human beings have been reduced to nothing.

Hayab decried the alarming rate of kidnappings in Kaduna State, explaining that citizens of the state are living under perpetual fear of the unknown.

“What really happened was that she attempted to escape with two others. But she was not lucky. They killed her and dumped her corpse in the bush. After they had killed her, they were still demanding the ransom without telling us that they had killed her and the ransom was delivered to them. They burnt the motorcycle of those who went to deliver the ransom and collected their mobile phones,”CAN chairman said.

 

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