Suspected kidnappers have captured a senior Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, Rev. Zakariah Ido and 16 members of the church.
Naija News understands that activities of kidnappers and gunmen have been on the increase in the state, recently, leading to loss of many lives and missing persons.
It was learnt that the Pastor and the 16 others among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.
Zaria DCC Secretary of the church, Rev Nath Waziri told The Nation in a telephone interview Sunday night that, the gunmen took away the pastors from his church home and others from the church.
According to him, “It is sad to inform you that one of our pastors, his daughter and 15 other members of ECWA Church Dankade were kidnapped in the early hours of today (Sunday).
“The church hosted a combine choir fellowship Saturday night to early hours of today (Sunday). Then, this morning (Sunday), kidnappers stormed the church, when the gunmen came, they asked everyone in the church to surrender his or her phones and demanded the whereabouts of the pastor.
After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor home.
They took him away and his daughter with 15 others amongst which there is the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”Reverend Waziri said, most of the people kidnappers were young ladies, a young man and two elders of the church.
He, however, noted that as at 10pm on Sunday, no contact has been established with the kidnappers.