Abductors of a senior Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Zakariah Ido and 16 members of the church have demanded N15 million as ransom from family members.
Rev. Ido, his daughter and 15 other members of the church were kidnapped during the church service on Sunday.
Pastor Bala Ido, who spoke for the family, confirmed the development to The Nationin a telephone interview. He said that the kidnappers turned down their offer of N1 million and banged the phone on them.
“The kidnappers have called us this afternoon. They demanded for N15 million but we told them we don’t have such amount, that we can only raise N1 million.
“On hearing that, they started insulting us. They even warned us not to ever call them until the N15 million is complete.
“While we were planning with them, they just banged the phone us. Now, we are even scared of calling them again, because they said if we call and the money is not complete, they will kill our people”, the cleric disclosed.
Asked whether the matter had been reported to the police, he said: “We didn’t report to the police and the reason is that, they won’t do anything about it.
“We are acting from experience, it happened to us about two years ago, when one of our community members was kidnapped. We reported to police and nothing was done about it, we ended up paying N1.5 million to secure his release.
“Therefore, we are only praying and making efforts on our own to get them (victims) released. Even today, we held a prayer session and we believe in the power of God.”