Boko Haram: Kidnapped COCIN Church Pastor regains freedom

By AdvocateNews on 01/11/2020

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Rev. Polycarp Zango, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, Plateau State, has been released from the captivity of Boko Haram.

Confirming Zango’s release Saturday morning, the Vice-Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (Northern region), Rev. John Hayab, said the pastor regained his freedom Friday night.

“We have good news! Rev. Zango has been released from Boko Haram custody. It is celebration galore in the Church right now,” he said.

Reports said Zango was abducted by the terrorist group on October 19 while on a journey to a Ministers’ conference in Gombe.

He later appeared in a video released by the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP.

In the video, Rev Zango introduced himself as a cleric at COCIN LCC Wild Life Park, in the Plateau state capital.

He revealed that he was in the custody of ISWAP alongside two other Christian women, who were also abducted.


Zango urged Governor Simon Lalong, and the senator of Plateau North District, Barrister ID Gyang; the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and his local church to secure their release.

However, it could not be verified by press time if the two other women were released alongside the pastor.

Posted 01/11/2020 07:30:32 AM


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