Fate of 2 Winners Chapel Pastors unknown – 5 months after abduction

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It is now five months that nothing has been heard about Moses Adeleke, a pastor with the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel) in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.

Oyeleke was abducted on March 13, 2019 together with his assistant, Abraham Amuta, a national youth corps member, along Chibok road.

The two were said to be members of a committee set up by the church to distribute relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs). They were abducted while engaging with the IDPs.

The abduction of these two has attracted no public outcry, neither has it received any media attention. It would appear they have been abandoned to fate.

The two men joined hundreds of other Nigerian citizens with unknown identities held in captivity by the Boko Haram insurgent.

Checks by TheCable revealed that the government is engaged in negotiations with the insurgents using several individuals in the north-east.

But a top government official said “there is no sense of urgency in any of these talks as if precious human lives are not at risk”.

Also, security sources told TheCable that the insurgents “don’t seem to be making the kind of compromises that would normally lead to a breakthrough in a matter of this nature, a development government finds unhelpful”.

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