BREAKING: Missing Nigerian Pastor Appears In New Boko Haram Video, Begs FG To Rescue Him, Two Other Women
Oct. 29, 2020
Reverend Polycap Zango who was recently declared missing has appeared in a new video where he is pleading with the Nigerian government and Christian authorities in the country to rescue him from the ISWAP terrorists who he said abducted him.
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The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is a splinter group of Boko Haram.
Zango, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations, Jos, Plateau State, went missing while journeying to Gombe State for a conference.
According to him, he is being held in the terrorists' custody alongside two other Christian women, who were also abducted.
In the video published by SaharaReporters, the cleric is seen seated behind a prayer mat and says he was abducted on Monday, October 2020.
He said, “My name is Reverend Polycap Zango and I am a pastor at COCIN LCC Wild Life Park, Plateau State, Nigeria.
Plateau Reverend In Boko Haram Den Seeks Help From Government, Church
“On October 19, 2020, I was travelling for a conference in Gombe when I was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who caught me on the road.
“Right now I am with them.
“I am appealing to the governor of Plateau State, Simon Boko Lalong, and the senator of Plateau North, Barrister ID Gyang, and the Christian Association of Nigeria and COCIN to please help save me from their hands.
“They also abducted two Christian women who are also here with me, we are appealing to be rescued.”
It is not clear if Miss Fayina Ali, a Kaduna-indigene of Adamawa State, who was also said to have gone missing same Monday he was captured, is among the two Zongo mentioned.
Miss Ali had held her marriage introduction on the weekend of her disappearance with her wedding with a Air Force personnel slated for December 2020.
She was reported to have been captured along with four other ladies by Boko Haram but no clear information has been received about them.
One of those who went missing
Boko Haram executes five aid workers
Recall that the Boko Haram sect have shot dead five persons believed to be humanitarian workers.
The terrorist group publicized the development via a viral video it published on social media Wednesday.
The gunmen who carried out the killing said their victims were aid workers working for nongovernmental organisations.
The 35 seconds video featured five hooded armed men standing behind five abductees who were kneeling before them.
An unidentified voice speaking in Hausa said, “this is a message to the infidels who are using you to cheat and turn our people into unbelievers. You should know that your employers are just using you to achieve their aims, but they don’t care about you. That’s why whenever we abduct you, they don’t care about you.
“Our advice for you is that you should repent and turn to God, or else we shall continue to waylay and abduct you all in all the routes that you traverse.
“And if you don’t heed to our warning, what is about to happen to these five aid workers would also be fate that will befall you too.”
At the end of the speech, one of the gunmen ordered them to fire the abducted aid workers.
The gunmen summarily shot at the five men whose faces were all blinded.
The Nigerian presidency in a statement identified the aid workers to be those of the State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and International Rescue Committee who were abducted a month ago.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the murder of the humanitarian workers, pledging that his administration would implement measures to prevent a reoccurence of such tragedy.
The statement signed by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, further quoted Mr Buhari as sympathising “with the families of the five aid workers, while praying that God will comfort them for their irreplaceable loss.
“He assures them that his government will continue to do all it can to ensure that every remaining vestige of Boko Haram is wiped out completely from northeastern Nigeria and that the perpetrators of this atrocity face the law.
“President Buhari also condoles with the State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, and International Rescue Committee, whose staff have suffered this gruesome fate.
“He thanks them for their continued dedication and service to the victims of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. He assures them that security agencies in the state will work closely with their organisations to implement measures to ensure that no such kidnapping of staff occurs again.”
Seven Soldiers Killed As Boko Haram Terrorists Tricked Nigerian Troops
SCOOPER had meanwhile reported how more than seven soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram terrorists in Doska, Borno state, according to military sources.
It was learnt that the troops were on a patrol of the area when they got tricked by the insurgents who appeared in military uniforms and gun trucks.
Doska, a village in between Ajigin and Talala in Damboa local government area of the state, became deserted since 2015 when the insurgents took control of the area which today remains one of their strongholds.
“The troops were on a fighting patrol, and when they got to Doska, they saw these people in military uniforms and military machines, and they even waved so our troops thought they were soldiers from another formation,” a source confided, according to The Cable's reporting, last Friday.
The troops stopped, exchanged greetings with these people. And as they proceeded, they ran into an ambush. Immediately, the insurgents closed in on them, opening fire.
“We lost seven soldiers, and 14 were critically injured.”
Another source reportedly said the insurgents in the area are known to always ambush soldiers with the aim of stealing gun trucks and other weapons from the army.
Since 2015, the source said, the army has been trying to dislodge the insurgents in the area but to no avail.
“It has been their stronghold for years, and we have not been able to flush them out,” the source said.
“In fact, they have planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) all round the area and only the insurgents know and use the safe path in and out of the area. So, many times our troops run into these mines.”
Sagir Musa, spokesperson of the Nigerian army, was not immediately available for comment over the development.
For a decade now, the military has continued to combat the insurgents who have killed thousands and displaced millions in the north-east.
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