Kidnappers Abduct Two In Kogi State
A Reverend Father, Leo Michael, of Saint Michael Catholic Church, Obajana, has been abducted by kidnappers.
Also a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Kogi State College of Education, Technical, Kabba, Mr. Aronimu Babatunde, was kidnapped along Okene-Kabba Road.
According to witnesses, the priest was said to have been kidnapped on Tuesday evening at Irepeni village in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Bishop Peter Adinoyi, Diocesan Chancellor of Lokoja Diocese, who confirmed the abduction of the priest, said the kidnappers came from a bush nearby, dragged the priest and a man suspected to be a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church Of God(RCCG) out of their cars, leaving two cars behind.
The Bishops said the kidnappers have contacted some members of the church, demanding a sum of N50 million and N8million for the priest and the Redeemed pastor who is yet to be Identified, respectively.
He said the abductors threatened them to expect the worst if their demand is not met before the close of business yesterday.
The Cleric who said the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Army have begun activities to track down the abductors, stated that the poor people were the abductors targets.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Willam Aya, confirmed the abduction of the priest, but said he is not aware of the abduction of the Redeemed pastor and lecturer, noting that investigations have commenced, as efforts are being made to free him from his abductors.