- Reverend Polycarp Zango has been reportedly freed by his abductors
- The Plateau-based pastor regained his freedom 12 days after he was kidnapped on his way to Gombe
- Zango's release was reportedly perfected on Friday, October 30, sending a sigh of relief to the CAN family
Polycarp Zango, a Plateau state pastor abducted by Boko Haram terrorists belonging to ISWAP sect has reportedly regained his freedom after 12 days in the den of the extremists.
Zango, who is a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, Plateau state capital, was abducted on Monday, October 19.
He was said to be going on a journey to a ministers’ conference in Gombe state when he was kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Earlier, a video of him surfaced on Youtube suspected to have been posted by his abductors where he was pleading to Governor Simon Lalong, and the senator representing Plateau North, ID Gyang and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to secure their release.
According to Vanguard, Zango's release was perfected on Friday, October 30, with Rev. John Hayab, the vice-chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (north) confirming the development on Saturday, October 31.
“We have good news! Rev. Zango has been released from Boko Haram custody. It is celebration galore in the Church right now."
Meanwhile, in a related development, an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men has been successfully rescued in Niger state by six-man US force.
The mission was said to have been undertaken by elite commandos as part of a major effort to free the U.S. citizen, Philip Walton, 27, before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on Monday, October 26.
The operation involved the governments of the U.S., Niger and Nigeria working together to rescue Walton quickly, unnamed sources quoted in the report said.
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