Osun State government may have resorted to spiritual means for the immediate release of the three state officials kidnapped on Friday along Obajana-Lokoja Road while returning from Abuja on official duties.
It was gathered that the state government may have pleaded with churches through the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to raise prayer warriors that would continue to intercede on behalf of the victims so that they can be released from their captors.
Three officials – the Permanent Secretary; Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade; Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and the driver, Mr. Oladapo Ajani Arogundade – were accosted by unidentified gunmen who forced their car to stop and abducted them.
Indeed, the State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori worshipped at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Southwest 10 Region, Kola-Balogun where she forwarded the names of the victims to the visiting Regional Overseer from Lagos, Pastor Isaac Omotosho who asked the congregation to pray for the immediate release of the victims.
It was further learnt that the state government have sent signal to other churches where intercession was raised for the victims of the kidnappers.
Similarly, messages were said to have been sent to mosques and other places for divine intervention in the matter.
As at the time of filling this report, the state government has dispatched delegation to visit the families and relations of the victims to reassure them that the government is leaving no any stone in ensuring quick release of the government officials.
The government has also raised delegation of high level security operatives to Kogi State to join forces with those in the state on serious search of the whereabout of the victims.
The State Head of Service, Mr. Yinka Owoeye said in a statement issued that the state government has alerted all necessary security agencies nationwide in general and Kogi State in particular towards safe release of the three abducted officials.
The statement then appealed to all Nigerians for information that could lead to their immediate release to please render it.