The United Church of Christ in Nigeria (HEKAN) has condemned in strong term the arrest of 40 of its Sunday school pupils and two teachers who were arrested by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps Kaduna State command while on their way to attend the annual HEKAN National Sunday School Camp at the church Headquarters in Kaduna
The 42 persons were arrested along Ali AKilu road in Kaduna at about 4; 30pm Wednesday evening and were also been maltreated by the FRSC personnel’s.
In a press statement signed by the Vice President of the church Reverend Emmanuel Nama said the children left their homes with the consent of their parents and their resident pastors to attend the annual HEKAN Natioanl Sunday school camp.
The FRSC had earlier hold a press briefing and snap shots of the children stating that the children were taken for trafficking before handing them over to the Kaduna state Police command without confirming from the church authority despite all explanation by their teachers on their movement
Reverend Nama also said the children are presently at the Headquarters of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria HEKAN Katsina road for the Annual Sunday school camp
The church Authority is calling on the authorities concern to investigate the matter and seek for Public Apology from the FRSC Kaduna state command
The church is calling on the general public to disregard the news giving by the FRSC Kaduna command which saysit arrested a vehicle for overloading along Kaduna-Zaria road, which was later discovered to be occupied by suspected child traffickers with 44 minors, describing it as false and baseless, adding that they are genuine members of the United church of Christ in Nigeria HEKAN DCC Gubuchi in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.