THE General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Friday decried the worsening state of security in Nigeria, declaring that the country had never been this bad.
Pastor Adeboye, who said the spate of killings, abduction and general banditry across the nation was unprecedented, also announced the kidnapping of five pastors of his church on Thursday evening at J3/J4 area of Ogbere on the Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu Expressway.
The Ogun State police command, through its Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
The abducted pastors were travelling in a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company which was coming from the eastern part of the country heading towards Lagos.
They were said to be on their way to attend the church’s Ministers’ Conference in Lagos when they were attacked by hoodlums numbering about 10, who were reported to have forcefully stopped the vehicle.
The police spokesman told journalists in Abeokuta that the gunmen, after forcing the vehicle to a halt, whisked away four men and a woman into the forest but left behind the driver, a sick passenger and his wife in the vehicle.
The abducted pastors, according to the police, are Chidioze Eluwa (male), Chiemela Iroha (male), Okoro Ohowukwe (male), Ndubuizi Nwabueze (male) and Ibeleji Chidinma (female).
Pastor Adeboye, while giving a talk at the Ministers’ Conference holding at the Redemption Camp located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, lamented the spate of insecurity in the country, saying that the situation had never been this bad.
He added that the abduction of the pastors gave him a sleepless night on Thursday and charged the congregation to pray for the safety and freedom of the abducted pastors.
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