Kidnapped Kaduna Pastor Regains Freedom 15 Days After Abduction

After 15 days in captivity, Rev. Elisha Numan of Baptist Church, Ungwan Makeri, Chikun government area of Kaduna state has been launched.

The Baptist Pastor became kidnapped in his residence by gunmen on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at about 2:00am, alongside his son Emmanuel Elisha.

However, the bandits later freed the son to move home and lift cash for his father’s ransom.

Own family sources said the released of the clergyman followed series of negotiations with the bandits who started with N20 million for ransom.

The source said Numan was released on Saturday evening after the fee of an undisclosed amount of money was paid as ransom.

“Our brother has been released by kidnappers on Saturday night once we paid the ransom. We were in trauma due to the fact he was kidnapped on August 14, thinking about the fact that he was ill before his kidnapped.

“Since the security agencies seemed to be helpless in tackling these criminals, we can only pray to God to visit His wrath upon the criminals” the source said.

The source said the pastor is back home with no harm and has been taking to hospital for medical checks.

Chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, who confirmed the release of the pastor in a phone interview, on Sunday, called on the government and security agencies to do the whole lot possible to addressed the increasing wave of kidnappings in Kaduna state.

“Rev. Elisha Numan was released on Saturday night time after two weeks in captivity. He was released after a ransom fee was paid following series of negotiations with the bandits on the ransom.

“We will also continue to call on the government and the security agencies to do everything within their powers to stop the increasing rate of criminality across the country, especially the increasing wave of kidnappings in Kaduna.” Hayab said.

“We thank God for His mercies, we pray for God’s intervention in the calamity that have befallen us as a nation.

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