The Osun Police Command says it has deployed officers to rescue a Methodist priest and two other persons abducted on the Iwo-Ibadan Road on Sunday by suspected bandits.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr. Mufutau Ayinde, said this in Osogbo on Monday while speaking with newsmen.
He stated that the priest and two others were kidnapped at about 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, stressing that the matter was reported to the Police Division in Iwo.
Ayinde, who said officers were immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident, added that they had been working to rescue the victims.
He, however, said the kidnappers had not contacted anybody or made any ransom demands from the families of the abducted persons.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some gunmen were reported to have abducted Very Rev. Kayode Akande and two other leaders of the church on Sunday while returning to Osogbo from Ile-Ogbo.
Confirming the incident, the Bishop of Methodist Church, Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. Amos Ogunrinde, said the priest and the two church members were returning from a Men’s Fellowship held at Ile-Ogbo.
Ogunrinde said the priest and other members were in a convoy of two private cars when they encountered the bandits on the road.
He said the bandits, according to reports, had asked the victims for money but they could not meet their demand as they were coming from a fellowship.