fractureing: Methodist priest kidnapped in Osun, cleric says suspected herdsmen allegedly carried out attack
Reports say a priest of the Methodist Presbyter in Osun state, Very Rev Kayode Akande, was in the evening of Sunday, June 10, abducted by armed hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen.
He was reportedly kidnapped with two other church leaders along the Iwo-Osogbo road.
Punch reports that one of the clerics in the church spoke on telephone revealing that Akande, one Bankole who is an engineer and one of the leaders of the church, Omodunbi were forcefully taken away by the suspected herdsmen around 7pm.
The report said the priest explained that the victims were coming in company with others from a meeting held at Ile Ogbo when their vehicle was stopped and they were taken away.
“They were returning to Osogbo from Ile Ogbo when suspected herdsmen abducted them. They went for a meeting in respect of Father’s Day and they were on their way back to Osogbo when the incident happened.
“The criminals released others and the two cars in which they were traveling and took away the three of them. The commissioner of police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, was contacted and he acted promptly.
“In fact, policemen have been deployed in the road immediately and they have been combing the bushes and I just pray they would get these people quickly. We are all praying to God so that these hoodlums would not harm these people,” he said.
The report said the bishop of Methodist Church, Osogbo diocese, Most Rev Amos Ogunrinde, confirmed the incident saying: “Some suspected armed herdsmen abducted three of our people this evening. They were coming from Ile Ogbo and they were abducted at a town called Telemu
“I think these people are not genuine herders but criminals. I don’t think they are those herdsmen killing but they are armed robbers and that was why they didn’t kill them but took them away.
“They were eight coming together, the criminals took away three of them and released five of them. They are criminals.
“They have not got in touch with the families of the three persons. I just returned from the wife of one of the victims now and I was not told of anything like that.”
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