A Methodist Church Reverend in Ekiti State, Adewuyi Adegoke has allegedly organised his own kidnap and demanded N3 million from church members.
According to reports, Adegoke went into hiding on Sunday evening while there were reports that he was abducted between Esa-Oke in Osun State and Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti.
His supposed abductors later contacted the church members to demand the ransom, which they insisted must be paid latest by Thursday to prevent the reverend from being killed.
Detectives, however, intercepted the pastor’s accomplice, Oluwadare Sunday, who came to pick up the ransom at Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti, after which he led them to the hotel where the pastor had been hiding.
The suspect was reportedly tracked by the detectives through the mobile phone that he used to make contact with the church members.
Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Amba Asuquo confirmed that the command is investigating the incident but refused to disclose the identities of the suspects.
“Yes there is something close to that, but we are still investigating and will come out with the details later,” he told reporters.
When asked if the reverend was among the suspects in custody, Asuquo said, “I know we have some suspects in custody in connection with the incident but I cannot reveal their identities to you now.”