The Ogun State Government-owned So-Safe Corps, yesterday, admitted killing a pastor, Adeniyi Adisa, in a shoot-out with suspected kidnappers on July 1, 2023.
The Commander of the Ogun State So-Safe Corps, Soji Ganzallo, while confirming the incident, said his officers, responding to a distress call at Abule-Ori community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state, rescued seven church members who had been abducted from a church earlier on.
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 Pastor Adisa was killed after being mistaken for one of the kidnappers.
The security unit said its investigation revealed that the pastor had been kidnapped on June 24 while returning from a visit to a friend in Yotomi area, Owode Egba in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, and was probably brought along to be freed after collecting the ransom before going for their next operation. Mr. Gonzallo added that an unknown delay led to him being present at the time of the operation, leading to the tragic incident.
Speaking on behalf of the family during the press briefing, the leader of the family said the operational error is a painful loss to them, as the So-Safe Corps said it is working closely with the Commissioner of Police, Alamutu Abiodun to give compensation to support the children of the deceased within the first week of November.