The Ogun Police Command said it has rescued the remaining four victims abducted on Thursday around J3 forest on Ogbere road, in Ijebu-East Local Gover
The Ogun Police Command said it has rescued the remaining four victims abducted on Thursday around J3 forest on Ogbere road, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state. One of the victims, Mrs. Ibelegbo Chidimma, a deaconess with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, was rescued earlier on Saturday. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed the rescue effort in a terse statement.
At least one of the five rescued persons is believed to be a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who was abducted on the way to the Church’s annual Convention on Thursday.
Oyeyemi said, “The remaining four victims have been rescued unhurt by men of Ogun State Police Command. Efforts are on top gear to rescue the remaining victims, as the kidnappers who kept them in separate locations were changing their locations from time to time within the forest.”
The pastor was travelling from the Eastern part of the country on Thursday to attend a ministers’ conference held at the RCCG Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, preparatory to the church’s Annual Holy Ghost Convention which starts on Monday. The kidnappers ambushed the vehicle the pastor and others were travelling in along Ogbere in the Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun State and whisked them away into the bush.
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adejare Adeboye while delivering his sermon on Friday, had announced that five ministers of the church were kidnapped on their way to attend the church’s ministers’ conference in Lagos. While addressing the congregation during the evening service, the general overseer said investigations by the police have shown that it was only one pastor that was abducted alongside four other persons.
“People have been taunting me and challenging me that since I hear from God, how come this is happening to your church pastor’s. I want to say it has been confirmed that only one pastor of the church was kidnapped along with four other people. That does not reduce the weight of the incidence. The church will continue to pray for the release of all those who have been kidnapped, he said.