Oyo Police Authority confirm kidnap of Anglican bishop, wife, driver


The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of Anglican Bishop of Jebba Diocese, in Kwara State, Reverend Oluwaseun Aderogba, alongside his wife, Oreofe and driver.

The victims were abducted on Sunday along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.

The Oyo State Police spokesperson, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

“On Sunday 12/06/2022 at about 2100HRS, One Rev. Adekunle Adeluwa reported to the command at Atiba Divisional Police Headquarters, Oyo town that at about 2030HRS, One Bishop Rt. Rev Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State in the company of his wife and driver were abducted,” the police spokesperson said.

He explained that investigations revealed the abduction took place after the cleric’s vehicle developed a mechanical fault at an isolated area along Oyo/Ogbomoso expressway while the victims were heading for Jebba from Yewa, Ogun state.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the victim’s vehicle developed what seemed a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa, Ogun State to Jebba, Kwara state enroute an isolated area along new Oyo/Ogbomoso expressway.

He added that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command has been directed to take over the operation that would lead to the rescue of the victims.

“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command is in charge of the rescue operation has commenced since 2100HRS of Sunday 12/06/2022.

“Meanwhile, a discreet investigation led by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) is simultaneously been vigorously embarked upon to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt.

“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 command’s spokesman said.

“While enjoining members of the public to report any suspicion to the nearest Police Division or formation, credible and timely information, the General Public are assured of their safety as they go about their lawful activities.”

No official statement has also been released on the development by the Church.

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