The kidnapped Ghanaian deacon from The Church of Pentecost in Johannesburg, who was forcibly taken during a live church service, has been released by South African armed robbers. This distressing incident, which unfolded on Sunday, October 29, 2023, sent shockwaves through the Ghanaian community, both in South Africa and beyond.
The armed robbers, who had targeted churchgoers during the service, not only robbed them at gunpoint but also kidnapped a church deacon. The identity and motive of the assailants were initially unknown, adding a sense of urgency and concern to the situation.
The Ghanaian High Commission’s prompt response and partnership with The Church of Pentecost in the investigation have been instrumental in ensuring the safe release of the victim. Following the distressing incident, the High Commission of Ghana in South Africa issued a notice on October 30, 2023, updating the Ghanaian community in South Africa about their active involvement in resolving the crisis.
The statement assured, “The Commission has partnered with The Church of Pentecost to work closely with the South African police to ensure the speedy and safe release and return of the victim to his family.” The safety and well-being of the kidnapped deacon have been the top priority throughout this ordeal.
“The South African police are fully focused on this matter and are working diligently to ensure the safe return of our compatriot,” the notice emphasized, highlighting the strong cooperation between the Ghanaian authorities, the church, and local law enforcement.
In response to the incident, the Ghanaian Mission issued a cautionary advisory to all members of the Ghanaian community in South Africa. The advisory encouraged individuals to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and well-being in light of the heightened concerns following the church robbery and kidnapping.
The safe release of the kidnapped deacon comes as a relief to the Ghanaian community and supporters worldwide, who had been anxiously awaiting updates on the situation. As the investigation continues, the collaborative efforts of the Ghanaian High Commission and the Church of Pentecost are focused on supporting the victim’s family and ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
The entire Ghanaian community joins in expressing relief at the deacon’s safe return and gratitude for the efforts of all parties involved in securing his release.