Unknown gunmen reportedly abducted the Anglican Bishop of Jebba Diocese, Rev Oluwaseun Aderogba, and his wife Kwara State.
According to the reports, he was also kidnapped alongside the couple who were traveling on the new Oyo-Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.
On Sunday at around 8:30 bishop and his wife were said to be traveling to Kwara State when their car developed a fault at a lonely section of the road.
The gunmen swooped on them and dragged them into the forest. A source said that the kidnappers have requested a ransom of N50 million to release them.
Adewale Osifeso, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, confirmed the abduction in a statement on Monday morning and said the command had swung into action to free the captives and arrest the criminals.
“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 was 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 en route to 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 that 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, 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 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 is assured of their safety as they go about their lawful activities,” the statement read.