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Two women and a priest were abducted in Nigeria by ISWAP

A pastor and two women have been missing since the 19th of October. Yesterday, on the 29th of October, ISWAP released a video on YouTube, in which the pastor, Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), asks for assistance securing his and the two other women’s release.


In the video, 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 the 19th of  October 2020, I was travelling 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, Governor 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 is known for abducting Christians for a ransom. If they do not get the money, they usually kill their hostages. Last year, on Christmas eve, they killed eleven people, when they did not receive the ransom they were demanding.



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