Abductors of Kwara Anglican Bishop, wife, driver demand N50M ransom - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Abductors of Kwara Anglican Bishop, wife, driver demand N50M ransom

Abductors of the Bishop of Jebba Diocese of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), in Kwara State, Right Rev. Aderogba, his wife and their driver have demanded N50 million ransom for their release.

Sources within the church revealed that the abductors first made contact with the church around 11pm, on Sunday, barely two hours after the abduction took place in Oyo State. 

It was gathered, the Church was making efforts to secure the release of the bishop, his wife and the driver unhurt.

The trio were kidnapped at a spot along new Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway on their way from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba, on Sunday.

The Chaplain of the Bishop’s Chapel, Jebba, Rev’d Adekunle Adeluwa, who was with the bishop at the point of abduction, narrowly escaped being kidnapped.

It was learnt that the black cassock he wore prevented the abductors from seeing him and, at a time, he had to prostrate on the ground.

However, the Oyo Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed the incident, said an intensive manhunt for the abductors had been launched. 

He said: “Adeluwa reported to the command at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters, Oyo town, that at about 2030 HRS, that one Bishop, Rt. Rev Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State, in the company of his wife and driver, were abducted.”

When Osifeso was contacted to confirm whether the abductors had demanded ransom, he said the state police command had issued a press statement, saying: “Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim’s vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault, while traveling from Yewa, Ogun State to Jebba, Kwara State, en route an isolated area along New Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the command is in charge of the rescue operation that has commenced since 2100HRS of Sunday 12/06/2022.

“All the tactical teams of the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping squad, Ambush Squad, Puff Adder, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Conventional Police personnel, along with local hunters and vigilantes, are all involved in the rescue operations.

“Meanwhile, a discreet investigation, led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), is simultaneously being vigorously embarked upon, to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt.

“While enjoining members of the public to report any suspicion to the nearest Police Division or formation, credible and timely information, the general public are assured of their safety as they go about their lawful activities.”

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