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Kidnapped SA Pentecost deacon freed

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The Church of Pentecost deacon kidnapped in an attack on a Johannesburg assembly last Sunday has been freed.

Deacon Emmanuel Cudjoe was kidnapped after armed robbers attacked the church during a live service.

The robbers made away with valuables and cash belonging to church members, and dragged away the deacon.

The Church of Pentecost on Tuesday, October 31 declared a three-day fasting and prayers as a result of the incident.

Even before the fasting and prayer session ends on Thursday, November 2, the deacon has been released.

He was freed Tuesday night, according to Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Charles Owiredu.

“He is with his family now,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday, November 1.

The attack on Sunday left not only members of the church at the overseas assembly but also the Ghanaian community in South Africa traumatised.

The Ghana High Commission in South Africa, a day after the incident, advised all members of the Ghanaian community to “take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and wellbeing”.

The Mission had assured of working in tandem with the Church in cooperation with the South Africa Police Service “to ensure the speedy and safe release and return of the victim to his family”.

The robbery operation took less than five minutes as captured on a stationary camera.

Meanwhile, the Church of Pentecost and Ghana’s Mission in South Africa are yet to officially issue a statement on the latest development.

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