Nigerian Pastor Kidnapped by Gunmen Amid Increase in Abductions of Christians

A bivocational pastor was abducted by gunmen in Nigeria earlier this week, according to multiple news reports from the African nation.

Adamawa state police spokesperson Suleiman Nguroje confirmed the kidnapping of pastor Kayode Shogbesan of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Yola, according to the national newspaper This Day.

An unnamed relative of the pastor told the news outlet that Shogbesan was kidnapped while traveling back home after giving lectures at Modibbo Adama University of Technology, where he was a professor of the fishery.

Police spokesman Nguroje said Shogbesan was kidnapped between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“He was returning home when the incident happened,” Nguroje said, according to The Punch. “Nobody knew until after an hour or two when his wife called him and was told by his abductors.”

The unnamed relative claims Shogbesan was kidnapped by assailants in an SUV.

Police have mobilized a search team to track down the abductors, Nguroje said, adding that no request for ransom nor any other reason has been given as to why Shogbesan was abducted.

The police are asking the local population to provide any information they might have about the kidnappers.

The pastor’s abduction comes as kidnappings have increased in Adamawa state, which lies on the border of Cameroon, and as other pastors in the country have also been kidnapped this year by Islamic extremists.

The pastor’s abduction also follows the abduction of other officials from the university.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith