Kidnapped Abuja pastor released

Nigeria Police policemen

A clergyman based in Abuja who was kidnapped during last Tuesday night’s attack by gunmen on the Kubwa Extension II Relocation Estate in Abuja has been released.

The cleric identified simply as Pastor Timothy was released alongside a young woman, Adenike, who recently completed the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

They were released on Sunday following negotiations with the kidnappers.

About five others reportedly kidnapped from the same location are still believed to be with their captors.

Confirming the development on Monday, chairman of the estate, Suleiman Seidu, said, “Yes, Pastor Timothy and the young lady, Adenike has been released. They were released yesterday.

“I cannot ascertain whether ransom was paid or how much was paid. What I can confirm is that these two persons have been released and are now with their families.

“I also cannot ascertain whether there were other persons still with the bandits. I only know of the two, and they have now been freed.”

Vice-chairman of the estate Frank Boboi said he could not disclose how much was paid as ransom.