Pastor Released After Eight Months in Boko Haram Captivity

A pastor of the Plateau based Church of Christ of All Nations, Rev Polycarp Zongo, has been freed by the Islamic group, Boko Haram, eight months after he was abducted.
He was kidnapped by the terrorists on 19, October 2020, while on a journey to a minister’s conference in Gombe state.
Shortly after his abduction, contacts were made with his church with a demand which the church could not meet. However, members of the church kept praying and asking for his release culminating in a rather dramatic release of news of his release a few weeks later. The news turn out to be false, leaving most of his followers in trauma.
But his release was confirmed in a communique issued in Jos on Tuesday. In the release made available by President of the Gideon & Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam, the freed pastor is said to be somewhere in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital having been released alongside other abductees.
“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,” Rev Para-Mallam said.

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