"We were beaten mercilessly" - Abducted clergyman tells his story

A pastor kidnapped in October has finally been freed.

Church building

A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church, New Anointing Chapel Arena, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, who was abducted in October has been released by his captors.

Mr. Mark Christmas was abducted on the 19th of October, alongside two other church member at Bisangbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to Punch report, Christmas  was released on the 5th of November, after spending 3 weeks in the hands of his captors. "It was an awkward experience," he lamented.

“I was kidnapped on October 19 in my hometown, Bisangbene with two other people from my community. They are the community Chairman, Mr. Amos Ezetu and Mr. ThankGod Geregere.

“We were kidnapped between Bisangbene and Bilabiri River, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa; thank God we are free.

“Like I said, it was a horrible experience. When they kidnapped us, they took us to an unknown creek in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa. On the way to their den, our boat capsized; I was able to swim in the big river; I tried to escape after I managed to come out from the river but they captured me again.

“We were beaten up mercilessly but I am happy I am freed and I can see my family again,” Christmas said.

He ended his narration by urging the Nigerian government to do all they can to curb kidnapping in the country.


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