The National Auditor of NULGE Comrade Shamdung Ayuba Jepla has sent his commendation to the Kalthum Foundation for Peace for the supportive role in the release of Rev. Polycarp Zongo of COCIN LCC Wildlife Park Jos Plateau State from the captivity of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).
Comrade Jepla in a press statement made available to journalists in Jos expression satisfaction with the , courage, commitment and patriotism of the Kalthum Foundation for Peace for standing in the gap to ensure that Rev. Zango is freed from his dangerous captors.
He appealed to the Federal government to ensure that Leah Sharibu, other kidnap victims including the 150 School Children of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State who was abducted, Lilian Gyang, and other captives will regain their freedom.
According to him , the Rev. Polycarp Zongo regained freedom, seven months after he’s kidnapped by the Islamic State of West Africa in Northeast Gombe State.
The COCIN pastor was released on Monday along with some aid workers and other victims from their camps
Shamdung Ayuba urged the Nigerian government to fight and protect the lives and properties of citizens by ensuring they are secure from foreigners coming to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerians.
He reinstated that Nigeria ranks first in Africa on inflation rate so, the Federal government intensifies effort to reduce unemployment, bandits and farmers, herders clashes.
However, a Senior Pastor of COCIN confirmed the release but said he had yet to personally speak with Zongo.
However, a Living Faith Pastor and Activist who was part of negotiations for Zongo’s release, Rev. John Pofi said he spoke with Zongo “at length”.
“As of the last time I spoke with him which was about an hour ago, he had just been brought back from hospital where he underwent medical checkup,”
Rev. Zongo was kidnapped on October 19, 2020 on his way to Gombe for a conference. A video of him appealing for his freedom was released a week later, but before negotiations could start, a hoax from unknown sources claimed that he had been released.
In November 2020, President of COCIN, Rev. Prof. Dacholom Datiri said the terrorists had demanded an “unbearable” ransom for his release. A source in the Department of State Services however said negotiations continued with an unnamed nongovernmental organization facilitating.