Security Operatives Nab Pastor, 12 Others for Kidnapping in Ekiti

Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase
Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase

A team of operatives from the police and the State Security Services in Ekiti State have arrested a self-styled pastor, Babatunde Balogun, and 12 other persons for allegedly running a kidnapping ring in the state.

They have also declared four other persons, Kenneth Ozoh, Jonathan Ozoh, Kehinde Adeleye and Sunday Ogunleye, wanted for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of a lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Femi Omisore and a catholic priest, Emmanuel Akingbade.

Mr. Balogun was said to have provided “spiritual counselling” to the suspected kidnappers and benefited from the proceeds from the abductions.

Two of the suspects arrested were women.

While jointly parading the suspects in Ado Ekiti on Monday, where the Governor Ayodele Fayose, the SSS State Director, Duke Fubara, and the Police Commissioner, Etop James, were present, the suspects gave confessional statements about their involvement in criminal activities.

Mr. Fubara, in his remarks, said one of the suspects, Gbenga David, a.k.a Oruma, was accosted by officials of the SSS in Osun State and was shot while making efforts to escape the scene. The suspect is currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital.

He said the suspects were caught as a result of a synergy between the SSS and the police.

“We could all attest to the fact that the kidnappers terrorized the state from the first week of May this year. Their activities brought a lot of trauma to the people,” Mr. Fabura said.

“Though, some of the victims have been released, but we did not give in. We did investigation and we increased our network and the result is what you are seeing today.

“What we found with the composition of these suspects was that some of them were inmates that escaped during the November 30, 2014 jailbreak in Ekiti.”

Also speaking, Mr. James said the anti-kidnapping Squad of the Command was working round the clock to prevent resurgence of kidnapping in the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Fayose appealed to the opposition party to stop politicizing kidnapping and other criminal acts. “It is a collective fight…we have to fight this together so that all of us can sleep with two eyes closed,” he said.

While commending the gallantry of the security officials, the governor said that Ekiti had been in turmoil since after last year’s jailbreak in Ado Ekiti, urging the security operatives to step up efforts to bring the escapees back to prison.

“Ekiti has been under great torment since last year jailbreak incident, but we want you to beam your searchlights on the neighbouring States like Delta, Osun and Ondo States because we had the trace that people used to come from outside to train our people here in kidnapping and make use of them,” Mr. Fayose said.

“If you study this very well, you will understand that the networks have been widened and we have to do everything to break it.”


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  • amazing2012

    Having kidnapped people soul & collect offering and tithe it’s not enough, you now kidnapped the whole body ! Christianity a religion of sinners !!

    • Maverick

      M0hammed raped Aisha. Only a m0slem spiritual leader will be 53 years and married a child of six years

      • amazing2012

        Is that why the bible says
        1. Judges 21:12″And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-FOUR HUNDRED VIRGINS, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan ”
        2. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a YOUNG VIRGIN: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. -1 Kings 1:2

        • Maverick

          Are m0slems not killing because of promised 72 virgins in hell?

          • amazing2012

            see virgins in your bible:
            1. Judges 21:12″And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-FOUR HUNDRED VIRGINS, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan ”
            2. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a YOUNG VIRGIN: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. -1 Kings 1:2
            I WANT YOU TO PROBE 75 VIRGINS FROM QURAN ! You can’t problem your religion with false against others !!

      • amazing2012

        Catholics Priests s.x with under age children, as young as 3years with the majority between the ages of 3-11 years.
        2. Anglican Priest s.xwith male. Gays priests and legalising gay marriage. (Sodom and Gomorra).
        3. Enugu pastor Timothy Ngwu the General overseer of Vineyard Ministry of Holy Trinity located at Ihe/Owerri, Nsukka in Enugu State impregnated 20 members of his church members as directed by God.
        4. Reverend Njoh of Lords Propeller Redemption Church asked ladies to removed their pants in church and ban them from wearing pants in his church so that Jesus will enter them. As directed by God!
        5. Adultery: Pastor Chris’s wife file a divorce case against her husband pastor Chris for fucking church members !

        • Maverick

          M0hammed is the founder of a religion and should live by example. These men you mentioned are only bad followers of an impeccable founder.
          You see the difference?

          • amazing2012

            Did his followers complain to you about leading by example ?
            1. The most populous religion on earth
            2. The most converted religion to in the world.
            3. Despite hate, killings and lies against Islam it’s still having more members.
            4. The only religion that believed, adore, respect and protect the dignity of all the prophets including Jesus pbuh.