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Abductors of American Missionary in Kogi Reduce Ransom Demand from N60 Million to N30 Million




The gunmen who abducted 87-year-old American woman missionary, Phyllis Sortor, have reduced their ransom demand for her release from N60 million to N30 million, an aide of hers said.

The aide, Jacob Ahiaba, informed newsmen about the new development at Emi Woro community in Ajaokuta Local Government Area on Wednesday.

Ahiaba said Sortor told him via telephone, that the gunmen had reduced their demand to N30 million and asked that efforts be made to get the money to secure her release as soon as possible.

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, confirmed that the abductors had actually established contact with members of the church and asked for N30 million ransom.

The commissioner, who on Wednesday visited the scene of the incident, said that efforts were being made to rescue her.

Meanwhile, the state governor,  Idris Wada, has condemned the kidnapping of the American.

The governor in a statement in Lokoja on Wednesday described the action as barbaric and uncivilised and enjoined the police and other security agencies to immediately secure her release.

Sortor was kidnapped at 10: 10 AM on Monday by six masked gunmen at her church premises at Emi Woro which also houses a group of schools, Hope Academy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Eileen

    February 26, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Stupid people dey had beta return the woman.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    February 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Lmaoo…. Frm 60 to 30 milli…. Nxt tym na 50 thousand dey go ask for…. Lolx.. Foolish fools…..

  3. nnenne

    February 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Like they know what to do with the money.
    They should investigate her coworkers too.

  4. Tony

    February 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Well said, all church members should be suspects especially those in the exco. Foolish thieves, God would free His servant. From 60 to 30. Very soon they would beg for bread as ransom. Stupid someborri

  5. Ross

    February 26, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    May the FIRE and BRIMSTONE of God reign down on all those involved in this woman’s kidnapping. You mean they kidnapped her from Church? These are not human beings oh.

  6. Temi

    April 30, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Ah we Nigerians, ! Please, release this poor woman.. senseless act of cowards… jesus

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