Unknown armed men on Friday, August 28 night kidnapped one Pastor Emmanuel Apeh during a church programme and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

The incident happened at Akaajime in Gboko local government area of Benue state.

According to Vanguard, the armed men stormed the venue of a church crusade pretending to be worshippers.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue recently advocated for residents to bear arms in Nigeria. Photo credit: @benuestategovt

A source quoted in the report said: “They stormed church at behind Mbalemen’s filling station Akaajime, around Mkar-Katsina/Ala road, Gboko about 8 pm.

“And after the programme they trailed Paster Apeh to his car, shooting sporadically to scare people away and immediately taking him away on a motorbike to an unknown destination.

“We gathered that they have already started making demands and asking for N10million ransom for his release.

“His devastated wife and family members have been making frantic efforts to have him released before it is too late.”

The Benue state police command spokesperson, Catherine Anene, confirmed the abduction and said its operatives were working round the clock to secure the release of the victim.

Recall that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday, August 21 reiterated his earlier suggestion that Nigerians should be allowed to carry AK-47 rifles due to the security challenges faced in most parts of the country.

The governor repeated his stance while addressing journalists in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He insisted that Nigerians need to be licenced to bear AK-47 rifles for self-protection and defence, in view of the general insecurity in the country.

According to Umade, he learnt how to fabricate guns in his community where they were forced to defend themselves against killer herdsmen.

According to him, he learnt to make guns from a book he bought and read before he began making pistols.

Meanwhile, the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has revealed that a new internal security framework to enhance police operations will soon be launched to address the insecurity bedevilling the country.

He also revealed that the ministry in synergy with the Nigeria Police Force has commenced arrangements to recruit and enlist constabularies across the 774 local governments in the country for the implementation of community policingrecently inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in all states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.