An American woman working as a Christian missionary in Nigeria has been kidnapped by masked gunmen and are demanding a ransom of 60 million Naira ($301,500).
The woman was kidnapped from Emiworo village in Kogi State on Monday, February 23, 2015 where she runs a free community organization within the premises of a school named Hope Academy connected to Methodist church.
This was disclosed by the Kogi State Police command spokesperson, Mr Sola Colins.
He said: “She was whisked away at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) Monday. The kidnappers were “unknown gunmen…(who) came into the school premises shooting sporadically to scare away people before taking (the hostage) away into the bush.”
The woman identified by the Free Methodist Church as Rev. Phyllis Sortor, is the financial administrator of Hope Academy.
The church also revealed that the United States Embassy in Nigeria and the FBI have been notified of the incident and efforts are being made to ensure that she’s returned alive.
There has however been no confirmation that the Islamists militants, Boko Haram are responsible for the missionary’s abduction.