The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has placed a two-million Naira bounty on the kidnappers of a Catholic Priest, Father Emmanuel Akingbade, in Ido-Ekiti.
Governor Fayose admitted that the incident was a challenge to the state, while assuring that the people of the state of the priest’s imminent rescue.
He promised that the N2 million would be given to anyone that could provide useful information that would lead to the arrest of the kidnappers.
The governor said plans were underway to rid the state of kidnappers, as he had spoken with the police and the State Security Service to be proactive in getting the kidnapped Reverend father released.
Mr Fayose, who emphasised that the modalities for dealing with kidnapping were different from other criminal activities, appealed to the people not to stage any protest and called for collaborative efforts to ensure peace prevails in the state.
He confirmed that the kidnappers earlier arrested were still in the police net, expressing optimism that other kidnappers would be apprehended as soon as possible.
“The issue of kidnap goes beyond political matters. Everyone, irrespective of party affiliations, should team up with the government to deal with the kidnap menace in the state,” Governor Fayose said.
Catholic Priest in Ekiti Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, was kidnapped by some gunmen in Ido-Ekiti on Tuesday, 9th June 2015.
The three-man abductors stormed the residence of the cleric, who is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido-Ekiti, with guns between 7.30 and 8 pm and forcefully took him away.