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Methodist Prelate’s kidnap: No soldier involved – Army

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AGAINST the allegation that kidnappers of Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche and his clerics were in cahoots with some soldiers in the locality, the Nigerian Army has dismissed such claims.

  The force said such social media reports alleging soldiers’ complicity were false.

A statement issued by Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in Abuja, yesterday, said such insinuation was not premised on any investigation.

  According to him, the allegation had raised some pertinent questions which were still unanswered.

  “Did the Methodist Church take the Nigerian Army into confidence while negotiating the ransom with the kidnappers? No formal complaint has been received by the unit. More worrisome is the fact that it was alleged that the ransom was paid in less than 24 hours.   Was the ransom paid to troops? These are questions that beg for answers,” he said.

  Explaining that Nigerian army unit had not received any debrief from the Prelate or the Methodist Church, Nwachukwu said that troops were deployed at Forward Operating Base Okigwe and in front of the Abia State University, Uturu.

  Therefore, he said no information was made available to them or to 14 Brigade or any other formation, except the information making the rounds in the social media, adding that troops’ deployment in the army was not done with considerations for ethnic affiliation.

  “Given our professional disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct in the Nigerian Army, we will take this weighty allegation seriously. We will approach the Prelate and the Methodist Church to unravel the basis for the allegation,” he continued.

  It will be recalled that Kanu-Uche was kidnapped on Sunday along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State while on his way to the airport. He was kidnapped alongside Methodist Bishop of Owerri, Dennis Mark and Kanu-Uche’s Chaplain, who were all released on Monday.

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