Kidnappers of Anglican priest’s wife demand N20m ransom

By Abiodun Badejo

kid1The wife of the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi, Ebunoluwa was on Monday night kidnapped at their residence at Oba-Ile estate in Akure north local government area of Ondo State.

According to the husband of the victim, the kidnappers are demanding N20million ransom for her release.

Fagbemi, who was also the immediate past Provost of the Bishop Vining College of Theology in Akure, while speaking with reporters pleaded that the family had no such huge money being demanded by the kidnappers.

The Anglican Priest said “Everybody is traumatised and we are all praying for her safe return to us .

“Again, there is a very outrageous expectation; the abductors demanded for N20million which I don’t think anybody can afford.

“But at the movement, we are really praying.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident said the armed hoodlums gained entrance into the Fagbemi’s house through the window after which they took the woman away with her Toyota Jeep to an unknown destination.

Joseph said the command had commenced investigation on the matter, adding that a search for the Venerable’s wife had also begun.

He said,” Our men have already began the search for the women, but you know we can’t disclose the method we are using to the media now, but we shall surely ensure that the victim would be released unhurt.”

Also speaking, the Bishop of Akure Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Very Rev. Simeon Borikini described the incident as unfortunate.

He said there was a need for the government at all levels to do more on the security of the country.

The Anglican cleric said the church had been praying for the safe return of Fagbemi, adding that the church had also contacted all the security agencies in the state to assist in ensuring the release of the woman.

SOURCE: Nigeria Daily Post

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