Gang leader confesses to killing 18-year-old priesthood candidate earlier this year
According to the Nigerian press, Michael Nnadi was killed because « he never stopped preaching the Gospel ».
Mustapha Mohammed, 26, has reportedly confessed to murdering the 18-year-old Nnadi, one of four seminarians from Kaduna in northwest Nigeria that Mohammed and his gang of criminals kidnapped earlier this year.
The heavily armed abductors, who were dressed in military fatigues, burst into the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna on Jan. 8, where the four young men lived with 264 other seminarians.
Along with Nnadi, Pius Kanwai (19), Peter Umenukor (23) and Stephen Amos (23) were also kidnapped.
One of the seminarians, who has not been identified, was released from captivity on Jan. 18 and was found injured on a roadside. Two others were let go days later.
Police called the seminary rector on February 1 and asked him to identify Nnadi’s lifeless body, which had been discovered a few hours earlier.
« He never stopped preaching the gospel »
« He kept preaching the Gospel and asking me to turn away from the path of evil. That’s why I killed him, » Mohammed confesses over the phone to The Sun, a Nigerian daily newspaper.
Mohammed and his gang were arrested on April 24.
The newspaper also reported the seminarian asked the kidnappers « to abandon the path of evil or risk perishing ».
Lack of security is a major problem for every sector of society in Nigeria. But in recent years, Christian priests, religious and lay people have been particularly affected by kidnappings and murders.
The country’s Catholic bishops launched a campaign during Lent 2020 to protest against insecurity.
They urged Catholics to dress in black on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) as they began the Lenten season. The national episcopal conference (NCCB) also organized a peaceful demonstration on Sunday afternoon, March 1.
Thousands of black-clad Catholics, led by bishops, priests and religious, marched through the streets of the capital, Abuja, despite heavy rain.
The NCCB also denounced the lack of security in the country in 2018 and has twice called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.