*Abductors demand N20m ransom
By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Kidnappers have again struck in Ekiti, as a Catholic Priest in Ekiti Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, has been kidnapped by some gunmen in Ido-Ekiti.
It was gathered that the three-man abductors stormed the residence of the cleric, who is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido-Ekiti, with gun Tuesday, between 7.30 and 8 pm.
The cleric, who is a lawyer, also doubles as the Assistant Director, Justice, Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) 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 already been informed about the development.
The bishop said one of the three men pointed a gun at the head of one of the occupants at 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.
The bishop, who described the incidence as “very sad and devastating,” said the abductors also went away with the priest’s computer laptop, undisclosed amount of money and mobile phones.
He added: “They told the priest that some amount of money had been paid on his life except if he could pay them N20million. They asked him to put on any clothe he likes and they drove him away. Since then, we have not been able to establish contact with him.” Fr. Akingbade was ordained a Catholic priest on July 18, 1998.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the story.
He said the command was working hard to getting the priest released. “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.”