From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The abducted Kaduna state Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako and his wife, Mrs. Cindy Bako, have regained their freedom.
Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Kaduna State, Rev Tony Inwulale has also confirmed the development to the government.
Aruwan said the State Goverment has been informed by the security agencies of the release of Apostle Emmanuel Ego Bako and his wife, Mrs Cindy Bako yesterday afternoon by their abductors.
“ The cleric and his wife were kidnapped on Friday evening at Albarka praying camp along the Afana-Fadan Kagoma-Kwoi road in Jema’a Local Government.
“ Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has expressed his relief and happiness over the development and offered his best wishes to the cleric and his wife. The statement reads
No ransom was mentioned in the statement even though there was earlier report that the abductors have demanded a ransom of N20m for his release.
When Contacted, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev John Joseph Hayab, said his major concern is for all the abducted persons to return safe and he is not aware of any demand.
However, a Ward coordinator of (PFN) in Chikun Local Government Area while leading prayers for the realease of Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako and his wife said the kidnappers had already called the family and elders to make known their demands of Twenty Millions Naira
The PFN Chairman, his wife and one other person were kidnapped by unknown gunmen at their residence in Albarka Camp, Fadan Kagoma, near Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government area.
Reacting to the kidnapping, CAN Chairman Rev John Joseph Hayab said the Christmas celebration came and gone with sad dust of abduction of a religious leader with his wife.
He described Apostle Bako as a very strong member of Jema’a network, a father to many, a front runner of peace, justice and unity in Southern Kaduna, calling on security agencies to help ensure their release from their abductors.
Hayab lamented that the church has had enough of relentless kidnapping of its members and ransoms paid before regaining their freedom.
Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako, according to Rev. Hayab, is the Secretary, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association, lamented that the Church has had enough of relentless kidnapping of its members and ransoms being paid before getting their freedom.