Thursday 7 July 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Senator in Cross River State; ECWA Pastor Also Kidnapped In Kaduna

The Nation Newspaper reports that a third Republic Nigerian Senator from Cross River State was on Wednesday evening abducted by unknown gunmen.

It was learnt that Senator Ani who represented Cross River South under the defunct National Republican Convention between 1991 and 1992 was abducted in his farm in Akpabuyo local government area, on the outskirts of Calabar, the state capital.

He was abducted without any resistance, The Nation gathered.
Police Public Relations Office, ASP Irene Ugbo, said she was going to confirm if it is true and get back to our reporter but failed to do so at press time.

But a staff in the farm of the confirmed the incident under anonymity.
He said the police had come around to the scene of the incident take over the matter.

Similarly the Nigerian Pilot reports that unknown gunmen have kidnapped a senior pastor with Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Rev. Yusuf Magaga of Kabene-surubu village in Kauru local government area of Kaduna State.

Information reaching Nigerian Pilot also have it that a sum of N2 million was demanded as ransom for the pastor to be released by his abductors.

A source and resident of the Kabene-surubu village, Mr. Jacob Wakili who told our Correspondent that the sad event took place at about 2AM Wednesday, also said the gunmen destroyed part of the church and left some persons injured.

He said the intervention of the local vigilantes saved the situation if not it would have been worst.
According to him, “My village was attacked by fulani herdsmen criminals but thank God the people were able to mobilised for defence, but the criminals still destroyed part of ECWA church, took away the Pastor of the church and left few injured.”

He said, the kidnappers are demanding for the sum of two million naira as ransom to release the Pastor.
Effort to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman to confirm the incidence proved abortive as  calls put to his mobile phone was not going through.

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