- Police anti-kidnapping squad and other tactical teams in Ondo state have rescued eight among the 25 persons kidnapped by gunmen
- The victims were said to be travelling to Ifon in Ose local government area for a social function
- Following the criminal act by the gunmen, the bus conveying the kidnap victims was reportedly abandoned by the roadside
The Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) members were kidnapped on Friday, September 29.
8 kidnap victims rescued in Ondo
The victims, who were said to be travelling to Ifon, in Ose local government area of the state, for a burial ceremony, were stopped by some gunmen who whisked them away.
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A member of the church confirmed the incident to newsmen and said the worshippers were mostly choir members.
But in a statement, Funmilayo Odunlami, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), stated that eight of the victims had been rescued while efforts were ongoing to rescue the remaining victims.
The Punch quotes her as saying:
“Good news! Eight victims rescued, effort is on to rescue others unhurt.”
A report by Channels Television also noted the update.
Ondo pastor arrested over N1.6m visa scam
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested a 39-year-old cleric, Pastor Michael Ogundepo, over an alleged N1.6m visa scam, in Akure, Ondo state capital.
The NSCDC spokesman in the state, Daniel Aidamenbor, made this known in a statement. He said the pastor allegedly seized Miss Fagbuyiro Ajetomobi Yemi’s passport and converted her 1,670,000 for personal use.
Protest in Ondo over student's death
Legit.ng also reported that undergraduates of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo, staged a protest over the sudden death of a 500-level student of the tertiary institution, Akeredolu 'Clinton' Ayomide.
Ayomide slumped and died on the evening of Thursday, August 24.
The students blocked the ever-busy Akure/Ilesha road for several hours, causing travellers to be stranded.