Leader of the Southern Conference of UMCN, Rev Philip Micah Dopah, announced this while briefing newsmen in Jalingo, the state capital.
Rev Micah Dopah, who doubles as the director, Connectional Ministries, Southern Conference of UMCN, noted that Rev Istifanus was set free by his kidnappers after paying about N1million ransom.
He said the kidnappers initially demanded the sum of N15m before they could release the pastor but later accepted about N1m offered to them.
Rev Dopah, who regretted the loss of one of the villagers, who was shut by the gunmen while trying to rescue Rev Istifanus from the hands of the kidnappers, further lauded the efforts of the people that led to his release.
“When he was trapped by the hoodlums, the villagers were notified through phone call and they gathered immediately.
“They really tried to rescue the pastor but because the hoodlums had sophisticated weapons, they shut one of them who died instantly and that led to the withdrawal of others,” he said.