The abductors of Ebunoluwa, the wife of the General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ven. Ayodeji Fagbemi, have contacted the family, demanding N20m ransom.
Ebunoluwa was abducted by some armed men who invaded her residence at Oba-Ile Akure, in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday.
According to the police, the armed hoodlums gained entrance into the Fagbemis’ house through the window after which they abducted the woman with her Toyota Jeep.
The husband of the victim told our correspondent on Wednesday that the abductors had contacted the family and demanded N20m, saying the family had no such money.
Ayodeji, a former Provost of Bishop Vining College of Theology, said, “Everybody is traumatised and we are all praying for her safe return. There is a very outrageous expectation; the abductors demanded N20m, which I don’t think anybody can afford. But at the movement, we are praying.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the command had commenced investigation, adding that the search for the victim had started.
He said, “We can’t disclose the method we are using to the media now, but we shall surely ensure that the victim will be released unhurt.”
In his reaction, the Bishop of Akure Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Very Rev. Simeon Borikini, described the incident as unfortunate, saying there was a need for the government at all levels to do more on security.
The cleric said the church had been praying for the Fagbemis, adding that the church had also contacted all the security agencies in the state to assist in ensuring the release of the woman.
He said, “The police commissioner said she had contacted all police units even up to Abuja. But we, as a church, have started praying for her safe return.”