DRCONGO: Church pays $3000 ransom to rescue kidnapped priest
Congo church pays $3000 ransom to rescue kidnapped priest
The catholic church priest Father Celestin Ngango who was Kidnapped in Eastern Congo has been set free after the church paid $3000 as ransom.
According to Louis de Gonzague Nzabanita the vicar general of Goma diocese, the priest has been released.
“We have just secured the release of Father Ngango after long negotiations with the kidnappers,” Father Louis de Gonzague Nzabanita, told this publication.
He added that it was a hurdle to convince the kidnappers to allow the $3000 the church had.
Father Celestin Ngango was taken away by armed men on Sunday shortly after he had celebrated Easter mass in his parish, in the dioceses of Goma in North Kivu province.
The Kidnappers had three days ago contacted the church and asked for a ransom of $500,000. However, the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) demanded he be set free immediately.
Ngango is one of 10 people to have been kidnapped in North Kivu’s Rutshuru district in the last few days according to a local campaign group, the Study Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, best CEPADHO.
Of these, three were executed by their kidnappers on Monday after their people failed to pay ransom.
One of the executed is a teacher APETAMACO institute while the other two were farmers who were abducted while working in their fields.
The three were from Bwito Chiefdom in the volatile Eastern Congo. AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 06, 2018 at 04:36PM