Suspected armed bandits have abducted Bishop of Anglican Diocese, Jebba, Kwara State, Rt. Rev. Aderogba, alongside his wife and driver.
The victims were said to be on their way from Yewa in Ogun State, to Jebba, Kwara State, on Sunday, 12 June, when the incident happened.
TheFact Nigeria gathers that the vehicle in which the bishop and his wife were traveling in, developed a fault at a lonely section of the road at around 8:30pm on Sunday. Before long, the gun-wielding hoodlums reportedly swooped on them and dragged them into the forest.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Adewale Osifeso, said the command had had launched a manhunt for the suspected kidnappers.
“On Sunday 12/06/2022, at about 2100hrs, one Rev. Adekunle Adeluwa reported to the Command through an incidented report 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”.
According to Osifeso, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command is heading the rescue operation which commenced since 9pm of Sunday.
“All the tactical teams of the Command Anti-Kidnapping squad, Ambush Squad, Puff Adder, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and Conventional Police personnel along with local hunters and vigilantes are all 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,” Osifeso said.
Sources say the victims’ abductors have demanded a ransom of N50 million to free their captives.