Displaying 30+ Stories
Allow Ads

PASTOR RELEASED: Boko Haram Extremists Release Nigerian Pastor Held Captive for 8 Months

Image Source: YouTube Screenshot/MK Reporters Nigeria
Image Source: YouTube Screenshot/MK Reporters Nigeria

Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) has been released by his abductors after being held captive since Oct. 19, 2020.

Through the efforts of Ambassador Ummu Kalthum Muhammad, chairperson, and founder of Kalthum Foundation for Peace, the pastor was freed from Boko Haram insurgents, Our Nigeria reports.

A video was released in November, showing Zango pleading for help from the Plateau State Government and his church.

"On Monday, 19 October 2020, I was traveling to Gombe for a church conference when we encountered the caliphate's armed men who captured me along the way, and right now I'm with them," said the pastor. "They too captured two Christian women who are also here with me. I'm appealing that you all do all that is possible to secure our release from captivity."

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***

Bulama Mohammed, executive director of the non-governmental organization, said attempts to free Zango and the others had been underway since January. 

Mohammed also indicated no ransom was paid to free the pastor.

"To the best of my knowledge, no ransom was paid to get the clergyman released. All I can say is that John Pofi Foundation encouraged and even pressurized KFP to get the reverend released because he was critically ill," Mohammed said.

Acts of violence against Christians in West Africa have risen this year and show no signs of stopping. These gunmen are often radical Muslims who target Christians in their relentless attacks on villages across the West African country.

CBN News previously reported Fulani militants were suspected of killing dozens of Christians, including children, on May 23.

Armed jihadist herdsmen reportedly "butchered to death" 14 Christians in Kwi village in Riyom County near Jos. In a separate attack that same day, eight Christians were killed in Dong village in Jos North County. 

Just a week earlier, eight Christians were killed and a church was burned down on May 19 during an attack by gunmen in the Chikun area of Kaduna State of Nigeria.

Nigeria ranks 9th on Open Doors' 2021 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution, but second in the number of Christians killed for their faith. 

Who is Jesus? Is he really God’s Son? And what does Jesus have to do with Heaven? Your questions are answered here.

Need prayer? We’re available 24/7. Call (800) 700-7000 or request prayer.

Learn why Truth Matters at CBN News.
CBN Partners provide hope to those who are suffering! You can help bring hope today!
Bring Hope

Did you know?

God is everywhere—even in the news. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1.