The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a cleric, Mr John Egla, said to be a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lafia.
The spokesman of the command, Mr Nansel Ramhan, confirmed the development on Wednesday in Lafia.
The incident is the latest in the wave of abductions in Nigeria in recent times, despite the efforts of the Federal Government to tackle the problem.
Ramhan said that Egla was abducted at his residence in Shabu community on the outskirts of Lafia, the state capital.
The spokesman said that the divisional police officer of the Shabu Police Division reported hearing sporadic gunshots around 1:16 a.m. on Wednesday.
He explained that on reaching the location, the police team discovered that the gunmen had abducted the pastor, who was with his family.
Ramhan said the police found six empty shells of AK 47 ammunition at the scene, adding that the police had deployed a team to rescue Egla.
A Senior Pastor with the RCCG, Mr Falaye Omoniyi, corroborated the incident. He said that Egla was the pastor in charge of the Oasis of Life Parish of the church’s Nasarawa Province 2.
Omoniyi said that the wife and members of the abducted pastor’s family are traumatized by the incident.
He appealed to security operatives to expedite action to rescue the pastor.