*File photograph of Bishop Joseph Masin who was released by his kidnappers at the weekend
On Thursday May 28, 2020, we reported that the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nasarawa state chapter, Bishop Joseph Masin, was abducted by gunmen. The good news is that the clergyman has regained his freedom.
The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State Mr. Bola Longe, confirmed the release of the CAN chairman to newsmen on Sunday in Lafia. He said that four suspects were also arrested in connection with the abduction and that investigation was ongoing to arrest all those involved. The police officer however, denied knowledge of any ransom paid to secure his release.
According to him, all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution as soon as investigation was concluded. Also attesting to the release, Pastor Sam Joseph, son of the CAN Chairman told newsmen that his father regained his freedom at about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, around Lizhi village in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
He said the bishop, however, arrived his Bukan-sidi residence in Lafia at about 2:00 a.m on Sunday and had been taken for medical examination in an undisclosed hospital. The state CAN Chairman, who is also the Bishop and General-Overseer of World of God Worldwide Gospel City, was abducted by gunmen from his residence in Lafia on May 28 and taken away on a motorcycle according to family source. The abductors, it was learnt later contacted the family and demanded a N20 million ransom for his release.