Rev. Polycarp Zongo, a Pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, Plateau State has appeared in a new video saying he was captured by “soldiers of the caliphate”, a self-made nickname of the Islamic State West Africa Province.
In the video, Zongo appears terrified with faint chirping sounds of birds in the background but no flag or rifle, popular signatures of ISWAP rivaled Boko Haram appear in the video.
ISWAP is known for recording videos of hostages without any symbols on screen, but will ensure hostages identify them by their preferred name, “soldiers of the caliphate’.
Zongo does not say where he currently is but says he was taken on Monday 19th October, 2020 on his way to Gombe for a conference.
“On Monday 19th October, 2020, on my way to Gombe for a conference, I met with the soldiers of the caliphate, and they captured me. I am with them,” he said in a trembling voice.
The Leading Pastor of COCIN Wild Life Park, Jos also said there were two other Christian ladies in the custody of the insurgents, pleading with Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang and the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and COCIN to “help rescue” him “from their hands.”
It is not clear if Miss Fayina Ali, a Kaduna based indigene of Adamawa State who was also said to have gone missing same Monday he was captured is among the two Rev. Zongo mentioned.
Miss Ali had held her marriage introduction the weekend of her disappearance with her wedding with an Airforce personnel slated for December 2020.
She was reported to have been captured along with four other ladies by Boko Haram but no clear information has been received about them.