Â BENIN â€” BARELY one month after Federal Government withdrew soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force, JTF, code namedÂ Operation Thunderstorm created by Edo State Government, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese and state Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Peter Imasuen, was abducted yesterday, by suspected kidnappersÂ in Nigeria’s southern state of Edo shortly after saying mass, a Christian leader said on Monday.
Reverend Peter Imasuen, who is bishop of Edo’s state capital Benin City, was ambushed and seized as he arrived home from church on Sunday.
“We were told he was kidnapped yesterday,” Samuel Salifu, secretary general of the(CAN) told AFP.
“We are trying to establish what exactly happened but we understand the kidnappers are asking for 15 million naira (about 100,000 dollars),” said Salifu.
Imasuen was CAN chairman for Edo State.
Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, but Imasuen’s abduction comes just a week after clashes between Muslims and Christians left nearly 500 people dead in and around the central city of Jos.
The Nigerian Anglican church accounts for 17 million of the world’s 77 million Anglicans.