Saturday , May 28 2022

Sad! Kidnapped Priest Killed After A Failed Rescue Attempt

The Chaplain to the Bishop of the African Church, Ondo Central Diocese, Rev. David Ayeola, was reported to have been shot and killed by suspected kidnappers after the church declined to pay the N100m ransom the kidnappers demanded.

It was gathered that Ayeola, the bishop, Samuel Ojo; and the bishop’s wife were waylaid by the gunmen while they travelling to Abeokuta, Ogun State, from Imojo, Ekiti State.

The bishop, his wife, Ayeola, and the driver of the car were said to have fled into the bush.

A source said, “While others escaped, the chaplain was caught and abducted by the gunmen.

“They later contacted the headquarters of the church at Akure and demanded N100m. The church, however,  offered them N500,000, which they turned down.”

Another top leader of the African Church said the church’s leadership involved the Ekiti State Police Command in the rescue of the priest.

He explained that while trying to buy time with negotiation, the police also closed in on the hideout of the abductors.

“On Saturday, the police swooped on the hideout of the kidnappers and there was an exchange of gunfire between them.

“The police team was overpowered and the kidnappers decided to shoot the priest. He was shot in the side; they (kidnappers) left his corpse behind. The family has taken the body to the morgue,”

When contacted, the Diocesan Public Relations Officer, Alex Akande, said he could not talk about the incident, adding that the church’s leadership would meet on Monday (today).

“The case is with the police. I don’t want to divulge too much information because I need to get clearance from the church’s headquarters. We will be having a meeting tomorrow (Monday); maybe I can talk after that.”

Source – Punch

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  1. what a sad story

  2. this is a sacrilege, those kidnappers have no idea what they are in for…. may his soul rest in peace with the Lord Amen

  3. Iloegbunem Emily Ebele

    Those kidnappers will never go unpunished

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