A middle-aged woman, Opeyemi Ibikunle has told the Ogun State Police command detectives the reason she asked some men in fake military uniforms to kidnap a pastor in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Ibikunle had directed the men to forcefully abduct Pastor Mapai Samuel of ZOE Family International Church, Odo Eran, Abeokuta, while he was preaching on the altar in the night and drag him away to an unknown destination.
However, the Ogun State Police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said after a distress call was received by policemen at Aregbe divisional headquarters in Abeokuta, Opeyemi and one other man identified as Kadiri Jamiu were arrested in connection with the forceful abduction of the pastor.
Oyeyemi disclosed that a few hours after taking away the pastor, the kidnappers called to demand a certain amount of money as ransom for his release.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Aregbe division, CSP Ikechukwu Gabriel, in a swift response, reportedly detailed his detectives and quickly embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation.
The police Spokesperson maintained that the DPO, his men, and other operatives from Adigbe division stormed the hideout to rescue the pastor and arrested two of the suspects, but the two men in military camouflage escaped during the raid.
“On interrogation, the woman amongst them claimed to have been in a business relationship with the pastor, and that the Pastor cheated her in the course of the business which made her contact the three men to kidnap the Pastor to teach him a lesson,” the police spokesperson said.
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