From OKEY SAMPSON, Aba
Police from the Aba Area Command in Abia State have rescued a pastor of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) kidnapped in the commercial city.
The pastor was rescued in Owerri, the Imo State capital. Daily Sun gathered that Emmanuel Agbesi, assembly pastor of the MFM, South East Province 2 Headquarters, Aba, was on Monday abducted by a three-man gang.
Agbesi was reported to be going to his church at the east end of Clifford Road from his house, No. 11, Ndusoro Street, Off Ngwa Road, in his Golf car when the hoodlums stopped him at gunpoint.
As he stopped, the kidnappers jumped into his car and ordered him to drive towards the Umungasi axis of the city.
Having been warned he (pastor) should not do anything funny or his life would be wasted, he obeyed them. On getting to Umungasi, one of the kidnappers was said to have taken over the steering and sped off towards Owerri. But on reaching Umuikaa Junction, they encountered some soldiers at a checkpoint but the soldiers were unable to detect the hoodlums and their victim who also sat with them in the back seat.
After beating the security check, the kidnappers drove towards Owerri and after passing the city, they took Agbesi inside a bush on the Owerri/Onitsha Road. Immediately the incident happened, police in Aba were alerted and the Area Commander, Rabiu Dayi (ACP), mobilised his men led by Anari N. Anari into action.
The police immediately arrested two brothers, Kelechi Kingsley Orji Ugwumba and Ogbonnaya Orji Ugwumba who it was alleged had previously threatened to kidnap the pastor over a piece of land said to have been sold to the Church by the arrested suspects’ late father.
Moments after the two men were arrested, Daily Sun gathered that police received information that the kidnappers had abandoned their victim inside the bush. That on hearing the sound of an oncoming vehicle, the hoodlums thought it was that of the police and they abandoned their victim and fled.
Anari and his team, based on the information, moved down to Owerri where the pastor was rescued and brought to Aba together with his recovered car.
Speaking with Daily Sun in his office, the rescued pastor said he could not shout to draw the attention of the soldiers at the checkpoint at Umuikaa Junction because the hoodlums had threatened to kill him even before the soldiers if he raised any alarm and then face the consequences.
He said as the three kidnapping were fleeing, they were contemplating among themselves whether to take him along but one of them said they should leave me behind.