LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The leadership of So-Safe Corps, a security agency in Ogun State, on Monday apologized to the family of Late Pastor Adeniyi Adisa, who was killed during a gun duel by the officers and some kidnappers at Abule Ori community, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the State.
The agency’s Commander, Soji Ganzallo, at a press conference in Abeokuta, said Adisa was killed in error on on 1 July, 2023, noting that it was not intentional.
The wives of the slain pastor, Temilade and Bukola: their children, Adeyemi and Mrs Adewunmi Adelaja and among other family members were at the briefing.
Ganzallo said, “It will be recalled that on 1 July, our officers, while responding to a distress call at Abule-Ori community in Obafemi Owode LGA of the State moved in and were able to rescue seven church members earlier kidnapped in a church. That same night, the Corps decided to trail the kidnappers and it was during the operation when the officers engaged in a shoot-out with the kidnappers that the unintended happened.
“It was an unfortunate, very sad situation that none of us are happy about. After this incident, So Safe issued a release to the members of the public that several kidnapped church members were rescued and one of the kidnappers was gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“We, however, later got to know in the course of our investigation that the person killed was not a kidnapper but Pastor Adeniyi Adisa of Oke Oluokun, Ibadan, Oyo State, who had earlier been kidnapped by the kidnappers and probably brought along to be freed after collecting the ransom before going for their next operation but may be there was a delay somehow leading to this incident.
“The Ogun State Police Command has investigated this case and it has been discovered that Pastor Adeniyi Adisa was a kidnapped victim too and he was never a kidnapper. This retraction is to set the record straight and assuage the feelings of the family that their son, Pastor Adeniyi Adisa, was never a kidnapper.