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Redeem church invaded by gunmen during service, kidnap pastor

Pastor Ayo Rapheal, had been kidnapped during the Sunday service being held at the RCCG Resurrection Parish located at Kabba junction, Lokoja.

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A redeemed church located at Kabba junction in Lokoja, Kogi State, has reportedly been attacked by gun men during a church service, with one of the pastors kidnapped following the raid.

Punch Metro reports that the pastor, Mr Ayo Rapheal, had been kidnapped during the Sunday service being held at the RCCG Resurrection Parish located at Kabba junction, Lokoja.

Eyewitness accounts reveal that the kidnappers who were about 10 in number, had reportedly stormed the church at about 9am, ordering the congregation to lie face down on the ground.

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One of the eyewitnesses had said:

“The pastor was dragged out of the church into the bush while the abductors shot sporadically into the air to facilitate their escape.”

There have been no reports of casualties, but some of the church members are reported to have sustained injuries in their bid to escape the church as the gunmen shot into the air.

News reports also reveal that the kidnappers had later contacted the church, demanding a ransom fee of N50m for the release of Pastor Rapheal.

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