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Along the Ogbomoso-Oyo route, suspected gunmen kidnapped the Bishop of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Rt Revd Oluwaseun Aderogba of Jebba diocese, and his wife on Sunday evening.

The Bishop and his wife were kidnapped while going from Yewa, Ogun state to Jebba, Kwara state en route to isolated location along the New Oyo/Ogbomoso road, according to sources.

“We were heading from Jebba to Oyo when our car suffered a defect while we were a few kilometers from Oyo,” stated Bishop’s chaplain, who was said to be traveling with the victims. My Lord Bishop requested assistance from Oyo’s Lord Bishop, Bishop Aladekugbe.

“However, before help arrived, three armed men surrounded them and ordered them into the jungle,” the Chaplain was alleged to have remarked, “I was happy I was not seen because of my black cassock I slid down on my belly to hide myself while they marched my bishop and wife deep into the forest.”

“Bishop Aladekugbe rose to the occasion, alerting the church’s leadership, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba and other members of the house of bishops.” It waited hours to hear from the abductors, who requested N50 million in ransom through the bishop’s wife, whom they permitted to speak with one of the bishops for a few seconds.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations of the Command is in Charge of the rescue effort that has been underway since 2100HRS of Sunday, June 12th, 2022,” according to SP Osifeso.


“The rescue efforts involve all tactical units from the Command Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Ambush Squad, Puff Adder, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), and Conventional Police troops, as well as local hunters and vigilantes.”


SP Osifeso urged members of the public to report any suspicions to the nearest Police Division or formation, credible and timely information, while also emphasizing that discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) is underway to ensure that the victims were rescued unharmed. 
The general public can rest confident that they will be safe.

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