Pastor and Two Women in Nigeria Abducted by ISWAP, Video Released

10/30/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A pastor and two women who went missing on October 19 were abducted by the Boko Haram faction known as the Islamic State West Africa Province. The group released a proof of life video on YouTube yesterday, October 29. In the video, the pastor, Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), asks for help securing his and the two other women’s release.

The pastor explains how he and the two unnamed women were travelling from Jos, Plateau State to Gombe, Gombe State. He was heading to a church conference when their vehicle was stopped and they were abducted. “On Monday, 19 October 2020, I was traveling to Gombe for a church conference when we encountered the caliphate’s armed men who captured me along the way; and right now I’m with them,” Pastor Zongo states in Hausa, asking for help from, Govenor Simon Lalong, state Sen. I.D. Gyang, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and COCIN. He then says that the two women are with him as well. “They too, captured two Christian women who are also here with me. I’m appealing that you all do all that is possible to secure our release from captivity.”

ISWAP has been known to kidnap and kill Christians when ransoms are not paid. The terror group abducted and killed Rev. Lawan Andami, district chairman of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) in Michika County, Adamawa state earlier this year. They also executed 11 Christians on Christmas eve last year. It is likely that if the Nigerian government does not secure his release, he will be murdered on video as propaganda for the brutal group. The two women however, are more likely to be kept or sold as slaves to supporters of the group. Please pray for the safe return of these three people and for justice to be brought on those who conducted this kidnapping.

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