Jos, Nigeria – A Plateau state based pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Rev. Polycap Zango, who was abducted by ISWAP on his way to Gombe state has appealed to the Nigerian government for rescue.
Rev. Polycarp Zango, who was declared missing on October 19, 2020, appeared in a video saying, in Hausa Language, that he was captured by “soldiers of the caliphate,” a self-made nickname of the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP.
Pastor Zango also said there were other Christian ladies in the custody of the insurgents, pleading with the government and leaders to rescue him.
“On October 19, 2020, I was travelling for a conference in Gombe when I was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who caught me on the road.Rev. Polycap Zango, kidnapped Plateau pastor
“I am appealing to the governor of Plateau State, Simon Boko Lalong, and the senator of Plateau North, Barrister ID Gyang, and the Christian Association of Nigeria and COCIN to please help save me from their hands.Rev. Polycap Zango, kidnapped Plateau pastor
“They also abducted two Christian women who are also here with me, we are appealing to be rescued.”Rev. Polycap Zango, kidnapped Plateau pastor
While waiting for his return, there was an earlier unconfirmed report of his release and anxiety filled his residence, but this turned out to be a false narrative that dimmed the hopes raised for the return of the pastor.
The Nigerian government and its military authorities are yet to make an official statement regarding the kidnap of the clergy.