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Bandits kidnap Anglican bishop, wife, driver, demand N50m ransom

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

Bandits who kidnapped the Bishop of Anglican Jebba Diocese, Kwara State, Rt Rev Oluwaseun Aderogba, his wife and driver have demanded a N50 million ransom for their release.

The Anglican Bishop, Aderogba, his wife and driver were said to have been abducted along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso expressway, Oyo state, on Sunday at about 8:30 pm.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Oyo Command, Adewale Osifeso, in a statement on Monday, said investigations revealed that the abduction took place after the cleric’s vehicle developed a mechanical fault at an isolated area along Oyo/Ogbomoso expressway while the victims were heading for Jebba from Yewa, Ogun state.

Osifeso said the command has mobilised its officers, local hunters and vigilantes to carry out rescue operations.

“On Sunday 12/06/2022 at about 2100HRS, One Rev. Adekunle Adeluwa reported to the command at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters, Oyo town that at about 2030HRS, One Bishop Rt. Rev Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State in the company of his wife and driver were abducted.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the victim’s vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa, Ogun State to Jebba, Kwara state enroute an isolated area along new Oyo/Ogbomoso expressway.

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

“All the tactical teams of the command 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, the discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) is simultaneously being vigorously embarked upon to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt.”

Recall that in a similar incidence in May, Samuel Kanu, prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria (MCN), was kidnapped by gunmen in Abia state. The cleric was released 24 hours later after the payment of N100 million ransom.

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