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Police Name Five Redeemed Pastor That Kidnapped in Ogun .

Police in Ogun State have named the five pastor allegedly abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers at J3/J4 Area, Ogbere, along Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu Expressway.

The Police Public Relations (PPRO) of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the abducted persons were traveling from the eastern part of the country when their commercial bus was blocked around 3.30p.m on Thursday by the gunmen at a location shortly after the boundary between Ogun and Ondo states.

“On getting to J3 Area of Ogbere, some hoodlums numbering about ten, suddenly came out of the forest and forcefully stopped the vehicle. And five amongst the passengers namely Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela  Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze and Ibeleji Chidinma were abducted and taken into the forest.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, is personally leading the operation to rescue the victims with operatives from the command’s tactical squads combing the entire area.

“The hideout of the hoodlums has been geo-located but our men are trying to be tactical and professional in order not to jeopardize the lives of the victims; we are making efforts to rescue.

“With the operation going on presently, we are rest assured that the victims will soon regain their freedom and the hoodlums will definitively be brought to book,” Oyeyemi said in a statement on Friday.

Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, has personally led the police rescue team to the location.

He added that the police have been able to survey the forest and the possible hideout of the abductors aerially, with the aid of the police helicopter from the police headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, the rescue team was getting close to the location of the kidnappers, saying caution would be exercised by the team in order not to jeopardise the lives of the victims during the rescue operation.

Earlier, he said the command could not ascertain that the abducted persons were ministers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who were on their way to the church Ministers’ Conference holding at the Redemption Camp in Ogun State.

But the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Friday morning, while giving a talk at the Redeemed Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, that five ministers of the church had been abducted in Ijebu axis on their way to the conference.

The General Overseer, who noted that incident of such magnitude was happening to the church for the first time, charged the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees.

Adeboye said: “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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