Kidnapped cleric, widow regain freedom


The Methodist priest, Rev. Biodun Ogunbekun, who was kidnapped on Thursday on his farm in the Kufi area, Ibadan, Oyo State, and a 61-year-old widow, Mrs. Victoria Falodi, who was abducted on Friday on Olorunsogo Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos State, have regained their freedom.

Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Cathedral, Ibadan, Rt. Rev. Amos Ajiboye, said Ogunbekun was released on Tuesday, but he did not give details of how he was released.

“Our priest was released to us on Tuesday. We shall be making further statement in due time,” he said.

It was not clear if a ransom was paid to secure the release of the priest who is attached to Akobo-Ojurin branch of the church in Ibadan. However, a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers demanded N10m ransom.

Ogunbekun was on the farm when five men stormed the place and whisked away the priest.

Also, it was gathered that Falodi, collapsed immediately she was rescued by a joint team of security agencies and members of Oodua People’s Congress at about 3pm on Tuesday.

She was kidnapped on Friday when she came out to attend to a neighbour, identified as Baba Ayomide.

The kidnappers had earlier demanded N30m ransom, but reduced it to N3m.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said, “Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the abduction.”

Source: Punch


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