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RCCG pastor kidnapped in Nasarawa

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

Nasarawa police spokesman, Nansel Ramhan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that Egla was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of Lafia.

Mr Ramhan said the divisional police officer of Shabu Police Division reported hearing sporadic gunshots at about 1:16 am 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 the cleric.

A senior pastor in the RCCG, Falaye Omoniyi, 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 were traumatised by the incident, although nobody was hurt during the incident.

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

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