The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.
Nansel Ramhan, spokesman of the state police command, who identified the pastor as John Egla said he was kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Ramhan noted that Egla was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of the state.
According to his report, the divisional police officer of Shabu reported hearing sporadic gunshots in the early hours of Wednesday, adding that on reaching the location, the police team discovered that the gunmen had abducted the pastor, who was with his family.
Ramhan said the police found six empty shells of AK-47 ammunition at the scene of the abduction. He said the police had deployed a team to rescue Egla.
Falaye Omoniyi, a senior pastor of RCCG, who corroborated the police spokesman’s report, said Egla was the pastor in charge of the church’s Oasis of Life Parish, Nasarawa province 2.
Omoniyi said though nobody was hurt during the incident, the wife of the pastor and members of his family have been left traumatised.
He appealed to the police to double their effort in rescuing the pastor.
Recall that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in August announced the abduction of five pastors of the church on their way to the annual Holy Ghost Convention.
The five pastors, whose identities were not revealed, were reportedly abducted along Ijebu-Ode axis of Ogun State before they were later rescued unhurt by the police.