Winners’ Pastor Abducted by Boko Haram Released After 7 Months

………Together with Ndagilaya Ibrahim Umar of Government Science Secondary School, Askira Uba

News reaching Church Gist has confirmed that the abducted pastor of the Living Faith Church aka Winners’ Chapel, Pastor Moses Oyeleke who was abducted by Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad popular known as Boko Haram on 10th April, 2019 and another woman, one Ndagilaya Ibrahim Umar of Government Science Secondary School, Askira Uba in Borno State have finally regained their freedom from the armed insurgents.

According to news gathered, the long road to the pastor’s freedom was initiated by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum through the help of two highly influential NGOs with sufficient knowledge and contacts with the dreaded insurgents. The names of the NGOs that bravely facilitated the historic release of the pastor and the teacher with the active support, logistics and intelligence from the Army and the DSS are the INITIATIVE FOR PEACE BUILDING MOVEMENT AND THE KALTHUM FOUNDATION FOR PEACE. The INITIATIVE this paper reliably gathered is under one Hammajam Babangida Adamu and Inuwa Shettima Yikala while the KALTHUM FOUNDATION is led by a woman, Ummukalthum Umar. Mr. Babangida and Ummukalthum both enjoy the confidence of the Abubakar Shekau’s led Boko Haram.

Insider sources confirm that the mission that led to the freedom of Pastor Oyeleke started penultimate week with briefings and discussions with Governor Zulum before the military was eventually informed. The actual journey started on Saturday, 9th November, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari gave his approval. A special team from the Nigeria Army, the DSS and three persons representing the two NGO groups that are said to be coordinating and negotiating with the insurgents subsequently began the risky journey. The captives were eventually released on the evening of Sunday 10th November, 2019.

The picture attached captures the moment Pastor Oyeleke and Mrs Ndagilaya were brought by the insurgents.

Our source commended the Army and the DSS for the professional manner they conducted themselves and for the support they are giving to Governor Zulum and his peace and de-escalation initiatives. He said the governor has left no one in doubt about his sincerity not only to rescue all those in captivity but to ensure that the violent activities of the insurgents has come to an end in a very peaceful manner. The source revealed that while the Borno State Government through the influential NGOs have sponsored the trip and coordination of the rescue mission, no ransom was given to the Boko Haram insurgents. The whole process according to him was done based on the atmosphere of understanding between the facilitators, Governor Zulum and the security agencies that are interested in serving lives without compromising the oneness of the Nigerian state.

It was also gathered that due to the latest understanding and the peaceful nature of the pastor’s release, many of those that were abducted may soon regain their freedom under the innitiative of Governor Zulum.

Courtesy: Desert Herald