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I paid N30m ransom to secure release of my priests – Bishop Kukah opens up

Dr Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, yesterday revealed that he had made a payment of almost N30 million in ransom for the freedom of his kidnapped priests.

The Catholic priest has lamented that he has a fresh challenge of making payment of another N30 million ransom for the release of his nephew and a driver kidnapped a few days ago.

Bishop Kukah made this revelation while speaking during a one-day programme “High-level forum on political communication and issue-based campaigns in the 2023 general elections” organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, in collaboration with the Kukah Centre, in Abuja.

“I am the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, I have spent about N30 million because my priests were kidnapped, and I have nowhere to turn to.

“I am not ashamed to say it because these are essential realities. Anyone who wants to become president of Nigeria cannot pretend to stand before me without giving me empirical evidence from his or her record about how they intend to deal with these issues because there is a collective feeling of alienation”, he said.

He further revealed that his nephew and the vehicle’s driver were yet to be released.

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