Priscilla Ofunre, Ado-Ekiti
A man, Adewuyi Adegoke, identified as a Reverend at the Methodist Church, Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, was said to have been arrested by the police for allegedly planning his own kidnap and subsequently planning to get a ransom of N3 million from members of his church.
The Nigerian Xpress learnt that the Reverend had an accomplice, identified as Oluwadare Sunday, who was also arrested in connection with the alleged crime.
Sources said Rev. Adegoke reportedly went into hiding on Sunday evening while there were reports that he was kidnapped between Esa-Oke in Osun State and Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti State, after which his abductors demanded that the ransom must be paid by Thursday unfailingly to prevent the reverend from being killed.
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It was also gathered the security operatives however, intercepted the pastor’s accomplice who came to pick up the ransom at Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti, after which he led them to the hotel where the pastor had hidden himself.
Reacting to the development, Ekiti State police boss, Amba Asuquo said, “Yes there is something close to that, but we are still investigating and will come out with the details later,” he told reporters.
When asked if the reverend was among the suspects in custody, Asuquo said, “I know we have some suspects in custody in connection with the incident but I cannot reveal their identities to you now.”
Meanwhile, the social media had been awash with news of the alleged kidnap of the cleric for several days earlier before he bubble burst on Wednesday.