A popular Calabar Pastor identified as Pastor Joseph Okoro, the G.O of the Bible Christian Crusade Mission (BCCM), was kidnapped inside his church premises by unknown gunmen on Wednesday evening.
The gunmen who disguised as church members and waited until the end of a church programme, kidnapped the Calabar pastor around 9:00PM after an evening fellowship in his church located at 55 Webber Street by Elijah Henshaw in Calabar South.
Some church members who spoke to The Nation correspondent said;
“They came in as members. After the programme, he went to his office, and as he was about to leave and go to his car and go home, the kidnappers approached him. Some people tried to struggle with them and they brought out guns and threatened to shoot anyone who interfered.
“They told everybody to lie down. The pastor asked the people not to struggle, that he will go with them,” a church member who begged not to be named said.
The gunmen who abducted the Pastor inside his church premises, whisked him away in his vehicle. The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident said;
“The kidnap is confirmed. The Anti-Kidnapping unit of the police is working on it,” she said.