Eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God who were abducted by gunmen last month while traveling on a bus to a church program in the Kaduna state of northwest Nigeria have been freed.
“Today I got the exciting news that our brethren who were in captivity of kidnappers have all been released and taken to the hospital for check-up and tests,” RCCG General Overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye announced on Twitter.
“Glory be to Jesus. We pray for lasting peace in all troubled regions of the country in Jesus name.”
On March 26, the Christians were traveling to prepare for the church’s “Let’s Go a Fishing” Easter program in the Kafanchan area when gunmen removed them from their bus and took them away in a vehicle, a church spokesperson told The Punch after the abduction.
A user reportedly posted a picture on Facebook of the victims’ empty church bus and reported that all passengers were kidnapped along Kachia Road.
The church bus features a banner that states, “The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna.”
Vanguard daily newspaper reported at the time that the abductors demanded a ransom payment from the church.
It is unknown whether a ransom was paid for their release, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reports.
It is also unclear who abducted the church members.
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