Kidnap for Ransom; Pastor apprehended by Police operatives
The pastor of an ECWA Church Kwanan Kuka, Ngurore, in Yola South local government area, Joel Saul, has been arrested by men of the Adamawa State Police command for threatening to kidnap someone if the person does not give him N1 million.
The Pastor was said to have written a letter to his victim where he demanded the one million naira.
The pastor, who claimed to be the leader of the kidnappers in the area, further threatened to either kidnap or kill the victim if his demand is not met.
But while making his confession before the police, the pastor said he did not mean what he wrote in the letter.
He said, “Yes, I’m the author of the contents of the letter but I have regretted my action. It is a big mistake I have ever made in my life, being ignorant of the implications of writing such a letter,” he told the police.
He claimed never to have done such a thing before and that it has caused him huge embarrassment.
“The shameful thing has already happened; I have now lost my integrity being a Pastor leading a congregation and telling them what to do, and today I was caught in the act which goes contrary to my preaching,” he said.
In a note to his church, he asked members to forgive him.
Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, SP Suleiman Nguroje said the state Police Command on September 5, 2022, received a complaint from Oliver Mamza that his life was at stake based on the letter sent to him by Joel Saul.
According to Nguroje, the state Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, detailed an officer who led a team of investigators who identified and arrested Saul.