Gunmen on Wednesday abducted a pastor, Usman Umaru, in the Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The cleric, who is working with the Evangelical Church Winning All, was abducted alongside two other persons when the gunmen attacked his church located in the Maigemu community in the early hours of Wednesday.

A youth leader in the Maigemu community, Michael Madaki, confirmed the incident to The PUNCH in Jos on Wednesday.

Madaki said that since the gunmen whisked the cleric away, security operatives who were contacted had been combing the bushes in the council area in their efforts to rescue the kidnap victims.

Madaki said, “In the early hours of Wednesday 13th September, 2023. Unknown gunmen whom we believe were kidnappers invaded the Maigemu community in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau state. They made it straight to the ECWA Church Nuku and kidnapped the Pastor, Usman Umaru.

“The gunmen also kidnapped another person whose name is Agwom Dauda and a woman before they escaped.”

“Since the kidnap incident happened, men of the special taskforce, Operation Safe Haven, and some vigilante members in the community have been searching everywhere to rescue the victims,”

The Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, was not available to comment on the incident when contacted by our correspondent as several calls made to his mobile phones indicated that they were switched off.

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