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Politics And Powers That Rescued RCCG Pastor, Four Others

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Nigeria News takes a look at the steps taken to rescue the five persons, including RCCG pastor kidnapped at Ogbere last week.

Two weeks ago, a neighbour called me that two of our residents had been kidnapped between Ekpoma and Benin Road. The captives were husband and wife.

The kidnappers riddled their vehicles with bullet and in the process, the wife got injured in the leg. They captured and drove them into the thick forests where they spent four days before they were released.

Of course, they paid a ransom before they could regain their freedom. The victims asked us not to involve the police so as not to endanger their lives as the kidnappers threatened to kill at the slightest provocation.

There are thousands of Nigerians that have passed through this similar scenario but not reported. After their release, I visited the couple but was amazed by their stories in the forest.

The wife who was still limping said that the kidnappers were herdsmen and that they were taken to a creek where they eventually negotiated the ransom for their release.

As she put it, “They were six in number. They wore hoods to cover their face but their accent was typical of Fulani. We did not sit for days as they moved us around the forest and threatening to kill my husband.”

She explained that her captors treated her bullet wound and asked the husband to back her as they trekked in the bush day and night for four days. “After we settled the ransom, they collected my phone number and said that they would call me that I should not be angry with them.”

As I listened to one of the abducted five at Ogbere along Ijebu Ode last weekend, Chiemela Iroha, son of the late Gringory what flew to my brain was the narration of my neighbours.

Iroha was abducted alongside the pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and three other members. His narration was not different from that of our neighbour.

But Iroha’s story became interesting due to the involvement of the police. The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye did not only pray for the freedom of his church members, but he must have used his contacts also with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo whom himself is a RCCG pastor to ensure the release of the abducted people.

According to Iroha, the kidnappers are herdsmen, no doubt about that but they know the nooks and crannies of the forest like the palm of their hands.

Yes, they know the forests like the back of their hands by the virtue of their nomadic lifestyle, they are still at best ragtag teams capitalising on the weak security architecture of the country.

But the kidnapper herdsmen became jittery when they noticed the hovering of the helicopter around the forest. The police had been given special order by the presidency that these particular set of captives should be rescued as quickly as possible.

It shows that Nigeria can work if it can only unleash the full power of the State on the marauder herdsmen that have turned the southern forest to a dreaded zone.

The police have the power to neutralize the criminals in no time. It took a chopper hovering over their location for them to leave their victims and run.

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