ICC Note: On February 23, 2015, American
missionary Rev. Phyllis Sortor was kidnapped by
five masked men in Nigeria. The group has
demanded a $300,000 ransom for her return;
however, her family has stated that they cannot
afford it. The US State Department and the FBI are
currently partnering with local authorities in their
efforts to find and rescue Sortor as soon as
By Leonardo Blair
02/24/2015 Nigeria (The Christian Post ) – The Free
Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for
prayers after one of their working missionaries, the
Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and
armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who’ve
demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return.
Her distraught family, however, say they cannot
“Early this morning we received a report that Rev.
Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was
abducted from the Hope Academy compound in
Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons.
The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State
Department and the FBI are working with local
authorities to find and rescue her. We are calling on
the U.S. church to join together in prayer for Phyllis’
safety and speedy release,” the church noted in a
statement posted on its website Monday.
The Christian Post reached out to Free Methodist
World Missions for further comment on Tuesday but
one was not available at the time of publication.
Sortor was reportedly taken by a gang of five armed
men after they jumped the walls of the Hope
Academy compound in Kogi state in Nigeria and
fired shots at about 4:30 a.m. Sortor is the financial
administrator for Hope Academy, according to the
Kogi State Police Commissioner Adeyemi
Ogunjemilusi told NBC News that he believes Sortor
was targeted by her abductors because no one else
was taken or injured and they are now demanding
$300,000 to release her.
“We will do all within the available resources to
ensure the safe rescue of the victim,” said
The missionary’s stepson, Richard Sortor, told Q13
Fox that her family in the U.S. haven’t been told
much about what happened to her but they are
clamoring for her speedy return.
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