24th May, 2022
Venerable Olu Obanla, a cleric with an Anglican Church in Ondo State who was kidnapped alongside his son, has been released.
The cleric and his son were kidnapped on the Ifon-Okeluse Road in the Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday.
However, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Command in Ondo State, said they have been released.
The PPRO said that they were released on Monday around 12.30 p.m. somewhere in Edo.
“As I am speaking with you, I am in Abuja. But I can confirm to you that the victims had been released yesterday (Monday) around 12.30 p.m. somewhere in Edo, and they have been reunited with their families.
“But I cannot confirm to you if the family paid any ransom or not before they were released,” she said.
Obanla and his son were traveling along the road on Saturday when the hoodlums accosted and dragged them to an unknown destination inside the bush.
Meanwhile, the bandits had earlier demanded a N10 million ransom for the release of the victims, but the family was unable to raise the amount.
They could only raise N1million which was rejected by the abductors.