Gunmen abduct Anglican Bishop, wife, driver in Oyo

GUNMEN have abducted the Bishop of Jebba Anglican Diocese of Kwara State, Oluwaseun Aderogba.

The bishop’s wife and driver were also abducted by the yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Spokesperson for the Oyo State Police Command Adewale Osifeso confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.

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Osifeso said the bishop, his wife and the driver were abducted on Sunday, around 8:00 pm, while travelling from Yewa, Ogun State, to Jebba, Kwara State.

They were abducted at an isolated area along New Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway.

“On Sunday 12/06/2022 at about 2100HRS, one Rev. Adekunle Adeluwa reported to the Command through an incident report at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters, Oyo town, that at about 2030hours, 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,” the statement said.

The statement explained that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command has been assigned to commence a rescue operation for the bishop, his wife and driver.

The statement also disclosed that all the Command’s tactical teams, including the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Ambush Squad, Puff Adder, Police Mobile Force and Counter Terrorism Unit, as well as conventional police personnel along with local hunters and vigilantes are involved in the rescue operations.

“Meanwhile discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department 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,” the statement added.

Lukman Abolade is an Investigative reporter with The ICIR. Reach out to him via [email protected], on twitter @AboladeLAA and FB @Correction94

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