A non-preaching pastor of Living Faith Church, Bwari, Abuja, who was one of the travelers abducted recently by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Ekpoma/Bennin road in Edo State has narrated his horrible experience while in captivity.
The victims who were abducted on March 27, 2021 and released on the first week of April, met their nightmare when their vehicle was intercepted by eight suspected Fulani militia while travelling to Benin City, the Edo State capital.
In an interview with DAILY POST after his return, the victim who identified himself as H. K. M. for security reasons, said their experience was similar to being to hell fire.
The pastor said the Kidnappers ambushed their vehicle, collected all their belongings before whisking them into a thick forest in a village called Irekpe town at about 8pm.
He narrated how he was able to preach to the leader of the Kidnapping gang and he asked for prayers while revealing his intention to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour.
The pastor said; ”My fellow victims were tortured mercilessly, treated like animals but my own case was divine. I don’t know how it happened but they identified me as a man of God and they treated me specially. They allowed me to observe my prayers.
I was moved by the spirit of God to speak to the leader so he could repent; I told him that if he could channel the same energy to something that can benefit the general society, it would be better for him than staying in the forest.
He miraculously knelt down and asked for prayers, stating that he was tired of the business. They always referred to kidnapping as a business.
According to him, he had tried to stop but sometime ago, the Nigerian army invaded his village in Katsina State, burnt his house, cows and other property which led to the continuation of his kidnapping ‘business’.
Like I said, I prayed and counselled him and he vowed that the operation was going to be the last he is involved in. He further revealed to me that he usually feels guilty after every operation.”