Gunmen have abducted the bishop of Anglican Diocese, Jebba, Kwara State, Rt. Rev. Oluwaseun Aderogba, alongside his wife and driver on Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway.
The victims were reportedly on their way to Yewa in Ogun on Sunday when they were waylaid.
Oyo State police spokesman Adewale Osifeso confirmed the incident in a statement.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the victim’s vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while travelling from Yewa, Ogun State to Jebba, Kwara State en route an isolated area along New Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway,” the statement said.
“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, PMF, Counter Terrorism Unit, CTU, and Conventional Police personnel along with local hunters and vigilantes are all involved in the rescue operations.”
The spokesman noted that investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department, (SCID) is simultaneously being embarked on to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt.
Sources said the abductors have demanded a ransom of N50 million to free their captives, PUNCH reports.
This is coming days after the prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria was abducted. A ransom of N100 million was paid for his release.