Gunmen Kidnapped Nigerian Televangelist, Demands N100 Million As Ransom

Pastor John Okoriko, 74, was kidnapped at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the headquarters of the church at Ibekwe Akpanya in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state.

John Okoriko
John Okoriko

Unknown Gunmen have kidnapped an Akwa Ibom-based televangelist, John Okoriko.

The gunmen kidnapped the cleric on Tuesday evening when they invaded the headquarters of the church in his village, Ibekwe Akpanya in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state

Mr Okoriko is the president and founder of the Solid Rock Kingdom Church.

Although he lives in Uyo, the state capital, reports say the gunmen kidnapped Mr Okoriko, 74, at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the headquarters of the church, called “National Capitol.”

Read Also
PHOTOS: Nigerian Pastors Who Have A Great Dancing Skills

Mr Okoriko’s home is within the ‘National Capitol,’ 42 kilometers from the Uyo.

The cleric reportedly travelled home for a meeting with church members and community leaders when the incident occurred.

After the meeting, he was reportedly preparing to return to Uyo, when the gunmen stormed the church premises and shoot sporadically to scare others away.

The gunmen went away with the pastor through the bush behind the church, which is bordered by a stream.

Linus Ukoenang, a bishop and national secretary of the church, told PREMIUM TIMES that the kidnappers contacted the family of the cleric Wednesday morning demanding a N100 million ransom.

Read Also
Apostle Frederick Kenneth Charles Price has gone to be with the Lord at the age of 89

Mr Okoriko’s abduction has drawn wide criticism from members of the public and is the major topic of discussion in many radio stations in the state.

Members of the church and fans of the televangelist have also taken to social media to announce his kidnap and prayed for his safety while in his abductors’ den.

The Akwa Ibom State police spokesperson, Odiko Macdon, did not respond to a request for comment when contacted by this newspaper.

Editor in Chief

My Passion for The Gospel bought about this great Platform.. I love to share the Good News. That's my PASSION. I don't believe the Gospel should be boring. Nobelie is so exclusive. You won't find what we offer any where else. You ask a friend.
About Nobelie 6049 Articles
My Passion for The Gospel bought about this great Platform.. I love to share the Good News. That's my PASSION. I don't believe the Gospel should be boring. Nobelie is so exclusive. You won't find what we offer any where else. You ask a friend.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.