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Abducted Redeemed Church pastor regains freedom


The abducted pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lokoja, Kogi State, Pastor Ayo Raphael, has regained his freedom.

He was said to have been released last Friday evening after spending six days in the kidnapper’s den.

A source, who is a member of the church, said on Sunday that Raphael was released ‘without paying any ransom.’

The cleric was said to have joined the congregation at the Sunday service to the admiration of the parish members.

It would be recalled that suspected kidnappers penultimate Sunday morning invaded the church and took the pastor away while preaching on the pulpit.

The abductors later opened line of communication with the elders of the church and demanded for N50 million before he could be released.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Williams Aya, could however not be reached for reaction as the calls put on his phones did not connect.

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