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Gunmen attack Veritas University, kidnap Catholic Priest


Suspected gunmen on Monday attacked Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja, and abducted a Catholic Priest, Michael Kwanashie, who is also the personal assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Kwanashie.

It was gathered that the attackers stormed the Catholic institution around 12am and shot into the air before kidnapping the victim from his quarters, opposite the school.

The kidnapped lecturer, who is also a Catholic priest, lived in the same room with the school Chaplain, Fr. Aloysius Achonwa who hid in the roof to elude the gunmen.

Narrating the incident, a student at the school, who identified herself as Mbafan, told Punch, “It was around 12am when we heard gunshots. Everyone froze in fear. It was in the morning we learnt that the attackers had abducted the priest and were demanding N15m ransom.”

The Vice-Chancellor of Veritas University, Kwanashie, declined comment on the incident, saying he had been advised against issuing any statement for security reasons.

The Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah confirming the incident, promised to find out details from the Bwari Police Division.


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