By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Area Superintendent of The Apostolic Church Nigeria (TACN), Lokoja, Pastor Alfred Funsho Amode has escaped being kidnapped along Osara village Lokoja/Okene highway on Sunday, 29th October 2017.
The Clergyman who attributed his safety to be a miracle from God stated that his experience in hands of the kidnapper numbering about fifteen was not that easy but due to God’s Divine intervention.
He stated he was let off without injury even though they plan to take him to the bush which God instructed to reject.
While fielding questions from Journalists at his residence at The Apostolic Church Street, Ajara Quarters in Lokoja, he wants the security agencies, to be more proactive and God-fearing if the menace of kidnapping will be a thing of the past in Kogi State.
“If men and women with the fear of God were drafted into security forces, such men will neither aid nor abett criminals as currently being witnessed in the country.
“It is very unfortunate that entry into security service had depended on who you knew rather than merit and the fear of God.
“This is why kidnapping and other vices will be taking Place right under the nose of security personnel’s and they will look the other way.”
The clergyman stated he said that other vehicles were attacked in which some of the occupants were taken into the bush in broad daylight.
“What is surprising was that the incident happened just two electric poles alway from a security checkpoint. In fact, I thought it was the security operatives that engaged them in a shoot out.
“One of the kidnappers approached us and ordered us to follow them into the bush. At this point, God intervened and told me not to follow him beyond that point and I refused.
“I then forcefully broke loose from him and fell back ward hitting my head on the road pavement.”
He attributed his escape to the power of God who ‘arrested the kidnapper until soldiers from nearby Osara village arrived and they fled but not without two victims which they fled into the bush with.