A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, John Egla has been kidnapped by gunmen in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital.
The spokesman of the state police command, Nansel Ramhan, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
He said the pastor was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of the state.
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Mr Ramhan said the divisional police officer of Shabu reported hearing sporadic gunshots about 1:16am on Wednesday, adding that on reaching the location, the police team discovered that the gunmen had abducted the pastor, who was with his family.
He said the police found six empty shells of AK-47 ammunition at the scene of the abduction.
A team of policemen has been deployed to trail the gunmen and rescue the pastor, the spokesman added.
A senior pastor of RCCG, Falaye Omoniyi, who corroborated the police spokesman’s report, said Egla was the pastor in charge of the church’s Oasis of Life Parish, Nasarawa province 2.
He said though nobody was hurt during the incident, the wife of the pastor and members of his family have been left traumatised.
He appealed to the police to double their effort in rescuing the pastor.
In August, five ministers of the RCCG were abducted on their way to attend the church’s ministers’ conference in Lagos.