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BREAKING: A Catholic seminarian was burned to death in Kaduna


On Thursday, a catholic seminarian in Kaduna state was reportedly burned to death by unknown bandits.

The event is said to have happened in the late hours of Thursday after robbers allegedly broke into his host church, St. Raphael church in Fadan Kamantan, Kafanchan Diocese in Southern Kaduna, at around 8:00 pm and set fire to the parish house.

Late Naaman Danlami

Late Naaman Danlami

While some priests were reported to have escaped, the seminarian, identified as Na’aman Danlami was caught in the inferno.

It was gathered that the deceased seminarian died from the smoke he inhaled while trying to escape from the grasp of the attackers and that the remains of the seminarian have since been deposited in the mortuary.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command Acting Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Alhassan, said the force had been tipped about the incident.

On his part, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN in Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, who spoke to journalists via phone call said, “It is very sad that killings and this type of evil are still going on.”

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Catholic Church has yet to react to the incident.

In another incident, students at the Federal University of Oye Ekiti have demanded justice for the murder and burying of one of their colleagues, Modupe Atanda, on university grounds.

Atanda, a nursing student, had been declared missing by the state police before being discovered dead and buried in a shallow grave near the university’s Nursing Lecture Theatre.

In a social media post, the students, under the aegis of the Students’ Union Government, called on the security agencies to get to the root of the matter and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book while describing their late colleague as “a precious and bright student”.

FUOYE SUG President, Emmanuel Ajayi, and the Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Akuraku, who mourned the slain student, said, “The cause of death and manner in which she died is a thing of great pain to the entire student populace in FUOYE”.

They said, “We demand justice. While we mourn her sudden loss and pay our last respects to the dead, we hereby charge security operatives in Ekiti State to investigate and bring the perpetrators of this grave crime to book” adding that they had visited the morgue and “no part of her body was mutilated contrary to claims and rumor flying around.

“Just as police had made some arrests,” the students pledged. We will not rest until the criminals are apprehended.”

Dare Ogundare, the Ekiti State Police Commissioner has stated that “the Command will do everything possible to unearth the identity of the perpetrator(s) and ensure they face the full wrath of the law.”

The statement added, “Ten suspects are currently in custody undergoing investigation.

“The CP has ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the death of one Atanda Modupe Deborah, a 200 Level Nursing student of FUOYE, who was declared missing within the school premises on September 5, but found dead in a shallow grave at a distance of about 30 meters behind the Nursing Lecture Hall

The FUOYE administration, for its part, acknowledged the occurrence in a statement issued on Wednesday evening by the University Registrar, Mufutau Ibrahim.

Ibrahim added that information had reached the university’s security team that the said student had perished.

He stated, “While the university management condoles with the deceased family and the generality of the university community, particularly our dear students, the management reiterates that investigation is still ongoing in collaboration with national security agencies to get to the root of the sad development and bring to book the culprits.

“We, therefore, appeal to students and all other stakeholders to remain calm.”


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