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Armed Gang Abducts 3 Worshippers In Southwest Nigeria

The attackers invaded the church premises in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria in an early morning attack, leaving worshippers in fear about their safety.

Three worshippers were abducted after an armed group attacked a Cherubim and Seraphim church in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The victims identified as Ifeoluwa Alani-Bello, Adebare Oduntan, and Mary Oliyide were taken away by the group during a vigil service early Sunday morning, Oct. 24, police said on Monday.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesperson in the state, told HumAngle that following the incident, a rescue operation had been launched.

According to a report by Daily Trust, the kidnappers demanded a N6 million ransom. 

When asked for confirmation of the demand, Oyeyemi declined to make any comment on it for “safety reasons.”

“The anti-kidnapping unit of the command has been dispatched to rescue the victims, I cannot reveal the details of the investigation,” the police spokesperson said.

Like most parts of the country, Ogun State has been experiencing a wave of kidnappings, despite the launch of a regional security outfit, Amotekun Network, to curb rising insecurity in the Southwest region.

HumAngle reported how four workers at the Obasanjo Farm were abducted by an armed gang on Sept. 9 in the state and were later released 48 hours after they reportedly paid the ransom.

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