Kidnappers allegedly break into Kogi church, abduct members

Three members of the Living Faith Church Worldwide have allegedly been kidnapped at Osara community along Lokoja-Okene road in Adavi Local Government Council of Kogi State.

Daily Trust reports that the kidnappers invaded the church when some of its members were rehearsing during the weekend. The kidnappers were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare away residents and security personnel while whisking the victims into the forest.

The Chairman of Adavi Local Government Council, Joseph Omuya Salami, confirmed the abduction of three members of the church, through his special adviser on media and publicity, Habeeb Jamiu. He said the council chairman had visited the scene in company of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Osara Division, adding that the council was working in synergy with security agents to see how the victims will be rescued.

“Even before now, we had a series of meetings with the people of Osara Community and entire farm center. And I told them to restrict every night activities for now, and whoever that want to hold any activity in the night should get appropriate quarters informed and also get their approval to ensure that adequate security is provided, but out of their disobedience, they chose otherwise,” the chairman was quoted as saying

Speaking further, the chairman advised residents of Osara to be security conscious and think about their own safety at all times.

“We all know the security challenges of this country, and the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is doing everything humanly possible to keep Kogi State safe, protect lives and property. So, all hands must be on deck to strengthen the peace in our various communities,” he added

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The spokesperson of the Kogi State Police Command, CSP Williams Ovye Aya, is yet to confirm or deny the incident.

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