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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
PFN laments as abductors seek N20m ransom for member in Calabar
By Samuel Ita, Calabar
The Cross River State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has expressed worry over frequent kidnap of its members.This is coming on the heels of the abduction of a member, Mr Patrick Obasse, on Sunday in Calabar by unknown gunmen and subsequent demand of N20 million ransom.
Obasse’s abduction came shortly after Governor Ben Ayade marched through some streets in Calabar with service commanders in what was described as a show of force to criminals.
Chairman of PFN in the state, Pastor Lawrence Ekwok told The Nation in Calabar yesterday, “I can now confirm that a member of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Cross River State, Brother Patrick Obasse, an elder of Foursquare Gospel Church was kidnapped yesterday (Sunday) morning on his way to the church.
“He happens to be the District Convocation Committee chairman of his church for 2016. The kidnappers are asking for 20m Naira ransom .
“This is a kidnap too many for my members. From every indication it appears that PFN members have become the target of kidnappers in Cross River State. We refuse to be intimated. That is why we have fixed August 1, 2016 for fasting and prayer to cry to our God from where cometh our help.
“We are confident that our God will answer us. Please join us to pray for his immediate and unconditional release. God bless.”
In May this year Dr Walter Ibe a pastor and member of PFN in Obudu was abducted by unknwon gunmen.
Also late last year Pastor Adekunle Seyi of Winners Chapel in Calabar was abducted.
Both were later released although it would not be confirmed if there were ransom paid.