Gunmen abduct catholic priest, demand N20 million ransom in Ondo

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a Catholic Priest Reverend Father Joseph Ajayi, along the Akure-Ikere highway in Ondo State.

A family source said the abduction happened on Monday while the 49-year-old priest, was travelling on the highway in his Toyota Corolla car while coming from Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State and was on his way to his parish, St Peter Claver in Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

“He was on his way to Ilara-Mokin where his parish is situated before he was attacked and taken away by yet-to-be-identified persons to an undisclosed location.

“His vehicle was abandoned at the spot where they took him,” the source said.

The priest was said to be traveling alone when he was waylaid by his abductors.

The Catholic Diocese of Ondo through the Bishop of the Diocese, Jude Arogundade, Rev. Fr. Victor Ibiyemi, on Tuesday evening said the abductors had contacted the church, demanding the sum of N20 million ransom.

“We are on it since morning. They have contacted the church, demanding N20 million,” the Bishop confirmed.


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