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Operatives of the Ogun State Community, Social Orientation and Safety Corps, also known as So-Safe Corps, have rescued three members of a branch of the Celestial Church of Christ, who were kidnapped last Friday.

It was gathered that the victims — a male and two females — were kidnapped on their way to a vigil in the church at Iwokun in Obada-Oko, in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

The Corps Director of Information and Public Relations, Moruf Yusuf, in a statement on Tuesday, said the operatives rescued the male victim on Sunday, while the two others were released on Tuesday.

He said the rescued victims revealed that the church was previously attacked in June 2021, which resulted in the kidnap of a worshipper.

Yusuf urged residents to shun vigils as well as worshipping in the forest.

Meanwhile, operatives of the corps also arrested a 20-year-old man, Adesanya Rasheed, for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s nine-year-old daughter.

Yusuf said the suspect was arrested following a complaint by the victim’s parents at the state headquarter of the corps in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He explained that the parents alleged that the suspect, who was their co-tenant, carried out the act on Monday.

The spokesman said the parents found out about the act when they saw blood flowing from their daughter’s private parts.

Yusuf said upon receipt of the complaint, the corps Commandant, Soji Ganzallo, ordered the arrest of the suspect.

He said the suspect had been transferred to the Ibara divisional police headquarters.

“The victim has been handed over to the police to provide the necessary information needed to establish the case for further investigation and likely prosecution,” he added.

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