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Gunmen assault church program, kidnap pastor in Gboko, and demand N10 million ransom

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By Peter Duru, Makurdi

Unknown gunmen abducted Pastor Emmanuel Apeh, owner of Excel Grace Secondary School, Akaajime, Gboko Local Government Area of ​​Benue State, last night during a church program and took him to an unknown destination.

He learned that the gunmen who carried his victim on a motorcycle had stormed the site of a church crusade posing as worshipers.

According to the source, “They raided the church in Behind Mbalemen’s Filling Station Akaajime, around the Mkar-Katsina / Ala highway, Gboko around 8 pm.

“And after the show, they followed Paster Apeh to his car, shot sporadically to scare people, and immediately took him away on a motorcycle to an unknown destination.

“We learned that they have already started to make demands and ask for a ransom from N10million for their release.

“His devastated wife and family members have been making desperate efforts to get him released before it is too late,” he added.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene, who confirmed the abduction, said that the Command was working around the clock to secure the victim’s release.

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