Gunmen Kill Oyedepo’s Pastor, Demand N20m Ransom For Abducted Wife

Gunmen kill Bishop Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church pastor (Photo: The Nigerian Voice)

Kidnappers have reportedly killed a Kaduna Living Faith Church Pastor, Jeremiah Omolewa, along Kaduna-Abuja highway, Concise News reports. Living Faith Church is founded by Bishop David Oyedepo.

Reports has it that the late pastor was returning from Abuja with his wife and his son on Sunday evening when the kidnappers struck and seized them.

The kidnappers are reportedly demanding N20m ransom on the abducted wife.

Meanwhile, at the Living Faith Church, Ungwar Romi, several mourners were seen trooping into the premises of the church.

One of the mourners who does not want to be named narrated how the incident happened based on the late pastor’s son’s account,

“Pastor Omolewa travelled to Abuja after the Sunday church service with his wife and son.

“On their way back in the evening, they were kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna highway. The pastor was shot twice shortly after they were kidnapped.

“He was later rushed to Saint Gerald Hospital, Kaduna, where he was referred to Barau Dikko hospital where he died.

“The pastor’s son escaped from the hands of the kidnappers. His wife is still with the kidnappers and they are demanding for N20million ransom,” he added.

The police spokesman in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, is yet to confirm the development.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, Joseph Hayab, condemned the rising cases of kidnapping of pastors and other Christian leaders in the state.

The religious leader said: “We are now endangered species in the state.

“The Federal and state governments have to intervene, otherwise, the church would start defending herself.

“Just last week, kidnappers launched attacks against pastors in churches, their homes, highways and on the roads.

“There was a pastor’s daughter in Kudenda who was kidnapped and they were demanding N4 million as ransom.

“Now, we have a Living Faith Church pastor who has been kidnapped and killed. His wife is still with the kidnappers.

“We are now expressing fears that this is a deliberate attack on pastors now, a deliberate plan to start kidnapping pastors in Kaduna.

“So, CAN is worried that the Kaduna kidnappers have turned their net on pastors in the state.

“At Kasuwa Magani on Thursday night, kidnappers invaded the house of Reverend Chris Joe.

“We have not seen government going after the kidnappers.

“Christian pastors are no longer safe in the state.

“We call on the Federal and state governments to urgently intervene in the face of this senseless kidnapping of pastors and Christian leaders,” he stated.

It would be recalled that last week, some members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – including a pastor – were abducted on the Benin-Shagamu expressway.

However, they have all regained freedom.

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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