Abducted Anglican Bishop, Wife, And Driver Regain Freedom
The abducted Bishop of Jebba Diocese, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Adeyinka Aderogba, his wife, and driver has been released after spending 48 hours in the den of their abductors.
This was confirmed by the Diocese of Osun Anglican Communion via its Twitter handle on Tuesday evening. The Diocese said they are being taken to the hospital for medical attention.
“Praise be to God. Bishop Adeyinka Aderogba, his wife, and his driver were released from the den of the kidnappers after 48 hours.
“They are being taken to the hospital for medical attention,” it read.
However, there was no report on whether ransom was paid before the release of the bishop, his wife, and the driver
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement.
The statement reads “The Massive deployment of Police personnel for the operation to rescue the victims and the domination of this entire area by the Police Tactical teams pressurized the abductors into freeing the victims,”. Also stating the victims were released unhurt at about 18:20 pm on Tuesday.
Bishop Aderogba, his wife, and the driver were abducted on Sunday night along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State. The gunmen set N50 million ransom on their heads.
Following the abduction, Osifeso said preliminary investigations revealed that before the incident, the victims’ vehicle had developed what seemed like a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.
Subsequently, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command was directed to oversee the case.
According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.