Catholic priest kidnapped, abductors demand N20M for his release

A three-man gang stormed the residence of the cleric, who is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido Ekiti, between 7.30pm and 8pm

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade

A Catholic priest in Ekiti diocese, Emmanuel Akingbade has been abducted on Tuesday, June 9, by unknown gunmen in the Ido Ekiti area of the state.

According to Punch, a three-man gang stormed the residence of the cleric, who is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido Ekiti, between 7.30pm and 8pm.

It was gathered that Rev. Fr, Akingbade who is a lawyer also doubles as the Assistant Director, Justice, Development and Peace Initiative of the church in the diocese.

The Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, who confirmed the development, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Etop  John James, had been informed about the development.

The bishop, who described the incidence as “very sad and devastating,”was said to have told newsmen that the abductors also went away with the priest’s laptop computer,  undisclosed amount of money and a phone.

Most Rev. Ajakaye said, “One  of the three men pointed a gun at the head of one of the occupants of the priest’s residence and ordered him to lead them to Fr. Akingbade’s room where he was abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

“They told the priest that some amount of money had been paid on his life except if he could pay them N20m. They asked him to put on any clothe he likes and drove him away, since then we have not been able to establish contact with him,” he added.

Fr. Akingbade was born on September 9, 1971 and ordained a Catholic priest on July 18, 1998.

When contacted, the Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the report.

“We are aware of it and we are following it up.The DPO in Ido informed the command about the incident and we are trying our best to get him released,” he said.

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