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Gunmen kill pastor, abduct seven church members in Ogun



On Saturday, unidentified gunmen raided a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) church in Ogun State, murdering the pastor and kidnapping seven worshipers.

Soji Ganzallo, the Commander of the Ogun State So-Safe Corps, verified the occurrence, claiming his officers freed the seven church members and killed one of the kidnappers during the rescue operation.

Ganzallo was cited as saying in a statement made available to DAILY POST by the So-Safe Director of Information and Public Relations, Moruf Yusuf, that the event occurred around 12 a.m. on Saturday, July 1.

Ganzallo said “the special operation team of the Corps, Owode-Egba Zonal Command, under ACC Jimoh Rasaki Omoniyi, received a distress call that some of the members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Desires of Nations Parish, under Ogun Province 22, Abule-Ori in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area were attacked during a vigil; seven members of the church were kidnapped and the pastor killed.”

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According to him, officers of the Corps were charged to go after the suspects to rescue the victims unhurt, stating that “the officers swung into action immediately.”

Ganzallo further disclosed that the efforts of the corps yielded a positive result as “the seven victims were rescued unhurt, while one of the kidnappers was killed and many of the suspects sustained serious injury during a fire exchange.”

He added that the joint team of the police and the So-Safe Corps were after the fleeing suspected kidnappers to capture them alive.

He noted that the body of the dead kidnapper had been deposited in a nearby morgue.