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Gunmen Demand N6m Ransom For Release Of Three Ogun Church Members

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Four Killed, Others Injured As Bandits Attack Katsina

Unknown gunmen have demanded N6million ransom for the release of three worshippers of Cherubim and Seraphim Church at Obada-Oko, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Naija News gathered that the kidnappers stormed the church on Sunday morning while the church members were holding a vigil and whisked them away to an unknown destination.

Hours after the abduction, the criminals reportedly contacted the families of the victims and demanded the ransom for their release.

However, the state Police Command through its spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, has identified the victims as Ifeoluwa Alani-Bello, Adebare Oduntan, and Mary Oliyide.

Oyeyemi stated that the anti-kidnapping unit has been dispatched to the area to partner with the Obada-Oko Division of the police to rescue the victims.

He, however, warned religious bodies against holding vigils or prayer sessions in isolated areas which would make their members vulnerable to kidnapping.

Meanwhile, controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, on Sunday warned against declaring bandits as terrorists, adding that the decision will come with a prize.

This is coming after lawmakers in the National Assembly charged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists following attacks in the Northern part of the country.

Gumi in a post on his Facebook account noted that the actions of bandits in the Northwest which has seen innocent people killed is tantamount to terrorism.

He, however, said the moment bandits are declared terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in force, and many unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive.

Gumi added that nothing stops kinetic actions from going on without the controversy of semantics.

The Islamic cleric charged an Igbo cleric to reach out to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and talk sense to them, while a pastor in the Southwest does the same to bring peace to the country at large.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.

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