Kidnappers of Pastor Ayo Raphael, who was whisked away during church service on Sunday at Kabba Junction in a suburb of Lokoja have demanded a ransom of N50 million from the church.
According to a colleague of the abducted pastor of Resurrection Parish, Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), Kabba Junction, who preferred anonymity, the kidnappers named their ransom through a phone call on Tuesday in Lokoja.
The pastor who was one of the eye-witnesses to the kidnap in the church said the gunmen numbering about 10 invaded the church about 9:30 am while the Pastor (Ayo Funsho Raphael) was delivering his sermon and started shooting sporadically.
“They ordered everybody in the church to face down‎ and proceeded to the pulpit from where the pastor was preaching, got hold of him and dragged him out bare footed into the bush,” he said.
He added that nobody was injured but several members of the church received bruises in the melee that ensured, as they scampered for safety to avoid being taken along with their pastor.
The pastor said he received the kidnappers’ call shortly after, but he said: “I warned them to release him unconditionally being a man of God and a labourer in the vineyard of the Lord else they would face the full force of God’s wrath.”
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of the state police command, Mr Williams Aya (ASP), said the officer in charge of the area was yet to brief the headquarters on the incident.

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