A Pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations, Rev Polycarp Zongo, who was abducted seven months ago by Boko Haram insurgents have been released.
Zongo, who presides over a branch of the church in Jos, Plateau State, was kidnapped by the terrorists on October 19, 2020 while on his way to a ministers’ conference in Gombe State.
The President of COCIN, Rev Dachollom Datiri had said then that Zongo’s abductors, demanded for a “huge” ransom, which the church could not afford, and since then, the leadership of the church had been calling for his unconditional release until Monday, when the pastor eventually regained his freedom.
A peace advocate and President of the Gideon & Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam, who confirmed Zongo’s release on Tuesday, said said he had spoken to the pastor, adding that he was freed in Maiduguri, Borno State, by his abductors alongside others victims.
Para-Mallam said: “I just spoke with him. His release, this time, is true.
“He was released on Monday night by his abductors in Maiduguri and I was told that he would soon return to Jos any moment from now. We really thank God for sparing his life after several months in captivity.”