Unknown gunmen has abducted a Kwara anglican Bishop, Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba, his wife, Oreofe and driver on the Oyo highways.
The victims were kidnapped on Sunday at about 8:30pm at an isolated area along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.
It was gathered that the clergyman, his wife and driver were returning from a function in Ogun state when their vehicle developed fault which led to abrupt stoppage of the journey along highway where they were abducted.
The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo police command, Adewale Osifeso, verified the incident in a statement.
The PRO’s statement reads:,”On Sunday 12/06/2022 at about 2100HRS, One Reverend Adekunle Adeluwa reported to the Command through an incident 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.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims’ vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwar state enroute an isolated area along New Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command is in charge of the rescue operation and 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 operation,”, the PRO said.
“Meanwhile, a discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) is simultaneously been 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.
Bishop Sunday Adewole, Kwara State Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Communion said that the abductors took advantage of the mechanical fault the Vehicle of the victims developed.
“The abductors are requesting for a ransom of 50million naira”, Bishop Sunday said.