The Kogi state police on Monday confirmed the abduction of three missionaries by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
According to the police, the abducted missionaries are Evangelist Peter Adigidzi, Pastor Mike Baba and Pastor Sunday Abah, all working with Child Evangelical Fellowship (CEF) and are residents of Lokoja.
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka confirmed the incident to the newsmen in Lokoja.
Egbuka said they got a report from the Children Evangelism Ministry (CEM) that three of its missionaries were abducted on Friday.
“We are aware of the unfortunate and worrisome incident and have taken drastic measures to track down the suspected abductors to rescue the clerics,” he said.
He further said that the police tactical team had been deployed to strategic places in search of the victims and to arrest the kidnapers to face the wrath of the law.
While giving an account of the incident, the state coordinator, CEM, Evangelist Charles Esho, explained that the victims were on an assignment at Ejule Community in Ofu Local Government Area of the state when the incident occurred.
Esho appealed to the security operatives to assist in searching and rescuing the missionaries to unite them with their family members.
“As a ministry, we are passionately appealing to the security operatives to do something drastic to rescue the clerics from their abductors,” he said.
“We are all worried over the safety of the abducted brothers as we don’t know where they (abductors) have taken them to as up till this moment there’s no word from them.”
The clergyman also called for prayers for the safety and divine rescue of the victims within the shortest possible time.