Rev. Mike Ochigbo, a well-known motivational speaker and preacher on television, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Adamawa State.
The General Overseer of Freedom Power Church, Ochigbo, was ejected from his Nyibango residence in the early hours of Wednesday under threat of gunfire.
Similarly to this, it has also been stated that Pastor John Moses was taken the same night.
Joseph Kuna, a local resident who asked to remain anonymous, said he learned on Wednesday that gunmen broke into the Pentecostal pastor’s home at about 2 am and took him away after firing erratically into the air.
According to Punch, the event is the most recent of multiple unreported kidnapping-for-ransom incidents in the region, which is near the Gibson Jalo Military Cantonment, which is home to the 23rd Armoured Brigade.
One incident in particular—the horrific murder of Hinjari Yoila, a well-known philanthropist and pastor of a New Generation Church—earlier this year—drew attention to the situation of the locals and the sense of insecurity in a well-known neighbourhood.
The military authorities set up a military-monitored checkpoint along that corridor as a result of the official response to Hinjari’s death, but by all accounts, this did not dissuade the brave gunmen.
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Joseph claims that he only found out about the televangelist’s kidnapping this morning.
Operatives have been sent out to free the kidnapped, according to SP Suleiman Nguroje, the police command’s spokesperson for Adamawa State.
In order to rescue the kidnapped Rev. Mike Ochigbo and another Pastor John Moses, who was also abducted by gunmen, the state’s commissioner of police, CP Afolabi Babatola, has sent out members of the Command from the Special Rapid Response Team (SRRT), Crack Squad, and other Tactical Squads to conduct a tactical and intelligence-driven 24/7 operation on criminal hideouts and black spots.
Pastor Ochigbo’s whereabouts remain a mystery as of the time this article was submitted. His captors have not yet made contact with his relatives.