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Gunmen kidnap RCCG pastor in Nasarawa



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A pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lafia, Mr John Egla, has been kidnapped by some yet to be identified gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday.

This came as the State Police confirmed the development to newsmen in Lafia.

The state police Public Relation Officer, Nansel Ramhan, while speaking with newsmen on the development said the cleric was kidnapped at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State in North Central Nigeria.

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The police image maker explained further that the divisional police officer of the Shabu Police Division had reported hearing sporadic gunshots at about 1:16 a.m. on Wednesday.

He said the police team dispatched to contain the situation realized that the gunmen had abducted the pastor from his family.

He also added that police operatives while scanning the scene of the crime, discovered six empty shells of AK 47 ammunition.

It was however, learnt that the state police command had deployed its anti-kidnapping men to commence immediate efforts to recover the cleric from the abductors.

It would be recalled, that a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and four members were also abducted in August along Sagamu-Benin-Ore Expressway on their way to the church’s ministers’ congress in Mowe, Ogun State.
The adopted people were identified as Pastor Ibeleji Chidinma Chidioz, Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, and Ndubuizi Owuabueze, .

The kidnappers intercepted the victims in a commercial bus marked KW 230 XA conveying them from Abia State.

They however regained their freedom few days later following series of efforts by police operatives and the church authority.

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