After 7 Months In Boko Haram Captivity, Plateau Pastor Regains Freedom

Rev. Polycarp Zongo, a pastor at COCIN Wild Life Park Jos, Plateau State, has been freed by his abductors after he was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Gombe State.

On Monday, June 14, the cleric was among numerous humanitarian workers and civilians freed by militants in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Rev. Zongo narrated his experience during a prayer session at the COCIN RCC Garki in Abuja on Tuesday, June 15.

On October 19, 2020, he and two Christian women were kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists.

The pastor detailed how he and the two nameless women were kidnapped while traveling from Jos to Gombe State for a seminar in a video published by the sect two weeks after the kidnapping.

“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,” Pastor Zongo said in Hausa, seeking the help of Governor Simon Lalong, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and others.

A fabrication from unknown sources reported that he had been released before negotiations could begin.