Ekiti Pastor kidnaps self; demands N3m from congregation

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A Methodist Church Reverend in Ekiti State, Adewuyi Adegoke has allegedly organised his own kidnap and demanded N3 million from church members.

Adegoke, who was arrested by the police had arranged with one Oluwadare Sunday to demand N3 million ransom from his congregation, as he reportedly went into hiding on Sunday evening while there were reports that he was abducted between Esa-Oke in Osun state and Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti.

It was gathered that his purported abductors later contacted the church members to demand the ransom, which they insisted must be paid latest by Thursday to prevent the reverend from being killed.

Detectives, however, intercepted the pastor’s accomplice, Sunday, 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 been hiding.

The detectives reportedly tracked the suspects through the mobile phone that he was using to make contact with the church members.

Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Amba Asuquo, said the command was investigating the incident but refused to confirm the identities of the suspects.

“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.”

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