Nigeria: RCCG Elder Abducted: Ongoing Efforts to Secure Release
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
On the night of December 31, 2023, in Ijebu Igbo, the headquarters of Ijebu North Local Government, Pa Adeife Ifelaja, a 70-year-old piggery farmer and elder with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was abducted by suspected kidnappers. The incident occurred as Pa Adeife was preparing to attend the crossover service.
Sources revealed that the abductors, after seizing Pa Adeife, contacted his family, demanding a ransom of N50 million. The family, deeming the amount exorbitant, engaged in negotiations, with reports suggesting an initial request for N10 million.
The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Abiodun Alamutu, confirmed the abduction and assured that the police are diligently working to secure Pa Adeife’s release and reunite him with his family. Despite challenges in pinpointing the kidnappers’ location, the police remain committed to the case.
The community, shocked by this incident, reported it to a local police station in Ijebu Igbo. The involvement of law enforcement demonstrates the seriousness with which authorities are treating the situation.
Kidnappings for ransom have become a concerning trend in some regions, posing threats to individuals’ safety and well-being. Pa Adeife’s case adds to the growing list of such incidents, prompting calls for enhanced security measures to curb this menace.
The incident highlights the need for coordinated efforts between communities and law enforcement agencies to combat kidnapping activities. Public awareness, cooperation, and vigilance are essential components in the fight against this criminal act.
As the authorities continue their efforts to secure Pa Adeife’s release, the community remains hopeful for a swift and positive resolution. The incident underscores the importance of addressing the root causes of such crimes and implementing measures to ensure the safety of citizens across the nation.