In Abule-Ori in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, unidentified gunmen raided a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) branch, killing the pastor and kidnapping seven worshipers.
One of the kidnappers was murdered during the raid, according to Soji Ganzallo, Commander of the Ogun State government-owned security organization So-Safe Corps, who confirmed the occurrence. His officers also freed seven churchgoers.
Director of Information and Public Relations of So-Safe, Moruf Yusuf, in a statement he made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, said the incident occurred at about 12am on Saturday, July 1.
Ganzallo said “the special operation team of the Corps, Owode-Egba Zonal Command, under ACC Jimoh Rasaki Omoniyi, received a distress call that some members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Desires of Nations Parish, under Ogun Province 22, Abule-Ori in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area were attacked during a vigil, while seven members of the church were kidnapped and the pastor killed.”
He claimed that the Corps’ officers were tasked with pursuing the suspects and making sure that the abducted victims were freed without injury, and that “the officers swung into action immediately.”
Ganzallo added that the actions of the corps had been successful because “the seven victims were rescued unhurt, while one of the kidnappers was killed and many of the suspects sustained serious injury during exchange of gunfire.”
The police and the So-Safe Corps are pursuing the alleged kidnappers who are fleeing in an effort to apprehend them alive, he continued.
He revealed that the slain kidnapper’s body had been placed at a neighboring mortuary.