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Kidnappers free RCCG pastor after three weeks
The abducted pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, New Anointing Chapel Arena, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Mr. Mark Christmas, who was kidnapped along with two church members, Amos Ezetu and ThankGod Geregere has been released by his captors.
They were kidnapped on October 19, 2015 in his hometown, Bisangbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Christmas spoke with journalists on Thursday in Yenagoa.
He said that his release was by the “mercy of God” and that no ransom was paid.
He stated, “I was released on November 5 after spending three weeks in the den of the abductors. It was an awkward experience.
“I was kidnapped on October 19 in my hometown, Bisangbene with two other people from my community. They are the community Chairman, Mr. Amos Ezetu and Mr. ThankGod Geregere.
“We were kidnapped between Bisangbene and Bilabiri River, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa; thank God we are free.
“Like I said, it was a horrible experience. When they kidnapped us, they took us to an unknown creek in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa. On the way to their den, our boat capsized; I was able to swim in the big river; I tried to escape after I managed to come out from the river but they captured me again.
“We were beaten up mercilessly but I am happy I am freed and I can see my family again.”
He described the act as “wicked,” urging federal and state governments to step up plan in checking the menace of kidnapping in the country.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command said on Thursday that it arrested two suspected armed robbers and recovered arms and amunnition from them.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, gave the names of the suspects as Sunday Akpan and Emmanuel Monday.
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