Abductors free Methodist priest, 2 others in Osun

Rauf Aregbesola

A Methodist priest, Very Rev. Kayode Akande, and two others that were abducted along Iwo-Ibadan road on Sunday by suspected herdsmen have been released.

They were released on Thursday night, around 8.20p.m according to report from the Methodist church, Osogbo.

Confirming the release to newsmen, the Bishop of the Methodist Church, Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. Amos Ogunrinde, said the priest and the two other leaders of the church that were kidnapped had been released and reunited with their families.

Ogunrinde, however, did not disclosed if any ransom was paid before the kidnapped men were released by the bandits.

When the state Police Public Relations Officers, Mrs Folashade Odoro was contacted about the report, she said the police would release a statement about the whole incident later.

The priest and two elders of the Methodist Church, Osogbo were kidnapped on Sunday while returning from a men’s fellowship from Ile-Ogbo, near Iwo, Osun.

The police were reported to have deployed men and officers to rescue the kidnapped persons while the bandits were never reported to have contacted the family of the men to demand for ransom.

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had earlier given the assurance that security agents will rescue the abducted me.

The governor said this in Osogbo on Tuesday when officials of the African Development Bank paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House.

His words: “The victims will be rescued. Security agents are working on this. Do not fear for your lives. We have no threat of insecurity here. Osun is classified among the three safest states.”

He said the case was an isolated one and the incident should not be used to classify Osun State as insecure.