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Pastor’s murder: Church blames Police over Lukewarm Attitude

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By Simon Ujah, Kaduna
The Northern Archdiocesan Executive Council, NADEC, of Celestial Church of Christ Kaduna State has expressed dismay over what its described as police lukewarm attitude which led to the death of one of it clergy, Evangelist Tony Esezebor.
This was contained in a letter signed by Sup. Evangelist Olanrewaju Omolayo and Most Sup. Evangelist Onafijabi, President and Archdiocese Head Chairman respectively on Tuesday in Kaduna.
The letter, made available to journalists in kaduna and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Police Command, dated 15th January, 2020, stated that “NADEC wishes to report the ugly development of the men of the Nigerian Police which resulted to the death of the clergy in charge of Kakau Parish and the kidnapping of his wife at the wee hours of Tuesday, 14th January 2020.
The letter with acknowledgement receipt of Commissioner of Police office Kaduna State Command, on 16th January, 2020 stated that over ten kidnappers stormed the residence of the late clergy, shooting sporadically and forcefully broken the wall and doors of the clergys house.
“On noticing the kidnappers presence, the deceased called one of the members of the church who is a retired Police Officer by name Evangelist Kingsley Edebor, who immediately reported the matter to Police control room three times, as a follow up and was told that the men on patrol has been contacted including DPO of Police Divisional Headquarters at toll gate.
“The deceased son by name Joseph Esezebor, who lives in Buwaya was also contacted and he quickly ran to the Police men stationed by Flyover Bridge after Gonigora, about 500 meters away to the scene of the incidence. The Police men on ground turned him down.
” The DPO of the division at the toll gate confirmed that he was contacted by the control room and there was no help too. So,  the kidnappers operated freely and even took away the wife of the deceased up till now.
” Around 1 pm same day, the kidnappers contacted the family and demanded for a sum of one hundred million naira ransom”.
The Church has appealed to the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command to use their good office to secure the release of the deceased wife and investigate the allegation leveled against their men.
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