Police Confirm Adeboye Pastor’s Abduction In Lafia
Pastor Adeboye/File Photo

The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a cleric, John Egla, said to be a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lafia.

Concise News reports that the spokesman of the command, Nansel Ramhan told NAN on Wednesday in Lafia.

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The incident is the latest in the wave of abductions in Nigeria in recent times, despite the efforts of the Federal Government to tackle the problem.

Ramhan said that Egla was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State in North Central Nigeria.

The spokesman said that the divisional police officer of the Shabu Police Division reported hearing sporadic gunshots at about 1:16 a.m. on Wednesday.

He explained 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 and that the police had deployed a team to rescue Egla.

A Senior Pastor with the RCCG, Falaye Omoniyi, who corroborated the incident, said that Egla was the pastor in charge of the Oasis of Life Parish of the church’s Nasarawa Province 2.

Omoniyi said that the wife and members of the abducted pastor’s family had traumatized by the incident, although nobody was hurt during the operation.

He appealed to security operatives to expedite action to rescue the pastor.

RCCG: Fani-Kayode Fumes Over Kidnap Of Adeboye’s Pastor

In related news, a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has lamented the kidnap of Egla in Nasarawa State.

While reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to work for the release of the clergyman.

“A Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has been kidnapped by gunmen in Lafia, Nassarawa state,” the chieftain of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said in a tweet on his handle.

“He was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of the state. I call on the FG to do all they can to rescue him at the soonest.”