Phyllis Sortor, American Missionary Kidnapped By Gunmen Released

Phyllis Sortor, American Missionary Kidnapped By Gunmen Released

By Joy Abobi | News Reporter on March 7, 2015
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Phyllis Sortor

The American missionary, Phyllis Sortor, who was abducted by unknown gunmen in Kogi State, has been released by her captors.

Reverend Sortor was kidnapped by armed gunmen from the Hope Academy compound in the Emiworo area of the state on Monday, February 23, 2015.

The 71-year-old was released into the care of authorities and Free Methodist church leaders on the evening of Friday, March 6, 2015.

Her release was confirmed via a statement on the Facebook page of the Free Methodist Church, which she worked for.

“Phyllis was aware there were risks associated with her ministry, but also knew there are very few places in the world without risks and dangers,” the church’s statement read.

The church however, did not give any details about her 12-day abduction or say anything about possible suspects.

Sortor’s abductors had earlier demanded N30 million ransom but according to the state Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, no ransom was paid to secure her release.

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