Gunmen storm Kogi church service, kidnap ex-provost, pastor, worshipper

By AdvocateNews on 20/09/2021

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• Vigilante group arrests 11 bandits, rescues 3 kidnap victims

Some gunmen on Sunday invaded the ECWA Church at Kabba, Kogi State, and abducted the pioneer Provost, College of Education Technical, Kabba, Dr J.O.T. Oshadumo, the resident pastor and a female worshiper while Sunday service was ongoing.

Kabba, the traditional headquarters of Okunland, is in the Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi State.

An eyewitness said Oshadumo, who worshiped regularly in the church after his retirement, was abducted while the service was in progress.

The pastor of the church, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, and another female worshiper were also whisked away by the hoodlums.

According to reports, a security guard with the College of Education Technical, Kabba, identified only as Reuben, who was also at the church service, was shot dead.

As of the time of filing this report, the abductors had yet to demand any ransom.

Recall that the Kabba Custodial Centre was invaded last Monday when five soldiers manning a checkpoint few meters away were shot dead and 249 inmates escaped.

About 114 of the escapees have since been recaptured or voluntarily returned.

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, condemned the kidnapping and killing in the ECWA church, describing the attack as evil.

He said it was unthinkable that such a “heinous crime” could be perpetrated in the church when service was ongoing.

Kolawole called on all security operatives in Kabba and its environs to step up their patrols, adding that it was unacceptable that the area was turning to a den of kidnappers.

In another development, no fewer than 11 bandits terrorising some parts of Koton-Karfe LGA of Kogi State have been reportedly killed by men of the state vigilance group, while three kidnapped victims were rescued.

A statement on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Onogwu Mohammed, stated that the vigilantes, while acting on intelligence, nabbed an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Inspector Abdullahi Saidu, who alongside a friend supplied the criminals with weapons and information.

Mohammed, while quoting the leader of the vigilantes who led the attack on the hoodlums, said, “Alaidi is their ring leader; he was killed during the first camp attack. Rabo and seven others were also crushed. Madei and one other were killed in the second kidnappers’ camp, while Umar escaped with a gunshot injury, but was recaptured. 

He also confirmed that five of the kidnappers, including the NSCDC official, were in the custody of the Department of State Services for further investigations.

Posted 20/09/2021 07:56:37 AM


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