Ghanaian deacon kidnapped in South Africa safely released, officials say


Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Charles Owiredu, has confirmed the safe release of the Church of Pentecost Deacon who was abducted in Johannesburg.

This welcome news has brought relief to the Ghanaian community in South Africa and concerned individuals, locals tell

The incident dates back to October 29, 2023, when Ghanaians residing in South Africa were filled with fear after a shocking robbery and kidnapping occurred at the Johannesburg branch of the Church of Pentecost.

Videos of the distressing event circulated on social media, raising widespread concern and condemnation. The footage depicted the culprits, led by a well-built man in dark attire, brandishing firearms and threatening the preacher and church members. During the ordeal, the victims were compelled to surrender various personal belongings to the assailants.

Responding swiftly to the situation, the Ghana High Commission in South Africa officially confirmed the robbery and subsequent abduction, taking steps to ensure the deacon’s safety and well-being.

Charles Owiredu took to Twitter to announce the deacon’s release on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, stating, “The Church of Pentecost Deacon/Elder was freed last night. He is with his family now.”

This development has brought relief to the Ghanaian community and others who closely followed the case. It underscores the importance of collaboration between government authorities and community organizations to address security concerns and ensure the safety of individuals in the Ghanaian diaspora.


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