Abducted Christ Embassy Pastor Regains Freedom

Pastor Lawrence Ohimare, the pastor of Christ Embassy Church, Brass branch, Bayelsa State, abducted on Monday has been freed by his captors.

Ohimare and 11 other persons were let off the kidnappers’ den after spending 15 hours with their abductors.

Gunmen had abducted the pastor and 11 other passengers aboard a commercial speedboat heading for Yenagoa through the Nembe waterways.

The pastor, who spoke on the telephone on Tuesday, said the encounter was “not a pleasant experience.”

Ehimare said his abductors initially thought the passengers, including himself, were important persons, whom they could hold and demand ransom.

He, however, said their saving grace was that the passengers they abducted with him were civil servants.

Ohimare said, “What they did was to look into our faces and ask, ‘Honourable, who are you, are you not an honourable?’

“And when they got to me, I told them that I am a pastor. When they discovered that the other passengers were civil servants, we were released and dumped near a fishing point about 11pm.

“The boat driver, who was still with us, made some calls and we were eventually taken by a fishing canoe to Okoroma town.”