Rev. Elisha Numan of the Baptist Church was abducted alongside his son, Emmanuel during the midnight hour on Wednesday August 14, 2019 in Ungwan Makeri, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Nigeria.
It was revealed by family member that the gunmen demanded 20 Million Naira for the release of the Clergyman after his son was released to go home and raise money for his father’s ransom.
According to The Nation the source said Numan was released on Saturday evening after the payment of an undisclosed amount of money as ransom.
“Our brother has been released by kidnappers on Saturday evening after we paid the ransom. We have been in trauma since he was kidnapped on August 14, considering the fact that he was not even feeling well.
“Since the security agencies seemed to be helpless in tackling these criminals, we can only pray to God to visit His wrath upon the criminals” the source said.
It revealed that the victim pastor returned without any sustained injury and went for medical checkup.
Chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, also confirmed the release of the pastor in a telephone interview with The Nation, on Sunday, called on the government and security agencies to do everything possible to addressed the increasing wave of kidnappings in Kaduna state.
“Rev. Elisha Numan was released on Saturday night after two weeks in captivity. He was released after a ransom was paid following series of negotiations with the bandits on the ransom.
“We thank God for His mercies, we pray for God’s intervention in the calamity that seemed to have befallen us as a nation.
“We will also continue to call on the government and the security agencies to do everything within their powers to stop the increasing rate of criminality across the country, especially the increasing wave of kidnappings in Kaduna.” Hayab said.