Gunmen Kidnap 5 RCCG Pastors, Kill Catholic Priest

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“As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?”

Gunmen Abduct 5 RCCG Pastors
Gunmen Abduct 5 RCCG Pastors

The General Superintendent of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday announced the abduction of five pastors of the church on their way to the annual Holy Ghost Convention.

While charging the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, the pastor said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis, Ogun State.

He was quoted as saying, “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?”

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According to the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, about 10 hoodlums, intercepted the commercial bus marked KW 230 XA in which the kidnapped victims were travelling from Abia State to Lagos.

Oyeyemi disclosed that the commercial bus, belonging to Abia line Transport Company, was intercepted at the J3 area of Ogbere in Ijebu Waterside local government area of the state.

“They were coming from the Southwest state of Ondo, or so,” said a senior pastor in the Church who did not wish to be named.

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The abducted pastors were coming for the ministers’ conference, which always preceedes the annual Convention which commences on Monday.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has Revealed the names of the abducted pastors.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has deployed detectives from the Force Headquarters in Abuja to hunt for the killers of Paul Offu, a Catholic priest in Enugu State, an official said.

Mr Adamu also ordered intensive operations to free the five Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastors kidnapped on Friday.

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The names of the abducted pastors are Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma (female).

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said the IGP had ordered massive manhunt for the killers of the priest.

The priest, who was shot dead on August 1 by unknown gunmen, was in charge of St. James the Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu state.

“Crack detectives from the IGP-Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), the Forensic and Homicide sections of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) have been deployed to Enugu State.

“The deployment is to complement the Enugu Command of the Force in their investigations into the unfortunate incident.

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”In addition, the AIG in charge of Zone 9 Headquarters has been directed to mobilize more units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel to black spots in Enugu State,” he said.

The killing of the priest has been condemned by many Nigerians including the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. On Friday, Mr Ugwuanyi held an emergency security council meeting in the state over the matter.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Suleiman Balarabe, stated that they “condemned in totality the dastardly act and we all prayed that his soul rest in peace.” He said the governor mandated the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act.

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Mr Balarabe disclosed that the state government resolved to have air surveillance in all the flashpoint areas, stressing that the exercise will commence on Monday, August 5.

The police commissioner added that the meeting resolved that the security architecture of the affected areas will be reviewed with immediate effect.

Speaking on the kidnapped RCCG pastors, Mr Mba said the police have intensified operations for their rescue.

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