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Ogun security outfit apologizes to family for killing abducted pastor in error

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The Ogun State-owned security outfit, So-Safe Corps, has owned up to the killing of a Pastor of Latter Rain Revival Christian Church, Adeniyi Adisa, during a shootout with suspected kidnappers.

Suspected kidnappers had stormed the church three months ago and abducted seven members of the church.

Giving an update on the incident, the Commander of the state security outfit, Soji Ganzallo, on Monday, October 31, said, “Adisa was mistaken for one of the suspected kidnappers, who attacked a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Abule-Ori, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, where the pastor of the church was killed and seven members abducted.

Ganzallo, who stated this while addressing the family of the slain pastor in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said the preacher was killed during a rescue operation of members of the RCCG. He had in July told journalists that operatives of the security outfit shot dead a suspected kidnapper while rescuing members of RCCG who were kidnapped during the vigil.

The two wives of the slain pastor, Temilade Adisa and Bukola Adisa; as well as a cousin to the deceased, Muiz Akande, had approached the security operatives to seek clarification on the victim’s death.

Addressing the family of the deceased, Ganzallo said, “It will be recalled that on July 1st, our officers responding to distress call at Abule-Ori community in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state moved in and were able to rescue seven church members earlier kidnapped. That same night, the Corps decided to trail the kidnappers and it was during the operation when the officers engaged in a shootout with the kidnappers that the unintended happened.

It was really an unfortunate situation, a very sad one that none of us is happy about. After this incident, So Safe issued a release to the members of the public that seven kidnapped church members were rescued while one of the kidnappers was gunned down with others escaping with bullet wounds.

We, however, later got to know in the cause of our investigation that the suspect killed was not a kidnapper but Pastor Saheeb Adeniyi Adisa of Oke Oluokun, Ibadan, Oyo State who had earlier been kidnapped by the kidnappers and probably brought along to be freed after collecting the ransom before going for their next operation.”

According to him, the Ogun State Police Command has investigated the case and it has been discovered that Adisa was a kidnapped victim too and he was never a kidnapper. He mentioned that the So-Safe Corps is liaising with the Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun, to provide some compensation to support the children of the deceased within the first week of November.

Speaking on behalf of the family during the press briefing, Akande, who led the family delegation, said that though the death of Adisa was painful, it is clear that he was never a kidnapper as initially portrayed.

 

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