The gunmen who abducted worshippers at Celestial Church of Christ, Oshofa, Wasimi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, have reduced their demand from N50m to N10m.
The gunmen wore masks and fez caps, and reportedly invaded the church around 11:40pm on Monday June 13. They abducted the Assistant Shepherd (assistant pastor) of the parish, Oluwaseun Ajose, and a Sunday school teacher, Dagunro Ayobami.
Shepherd of the church, Prophet Oluwatomisin Olugbebi said on Thursday June 16, that the kidnappers threatened to kill the victims if the money was not paid.
“Around 10.30am today (Thursday), they called me and told me the ransom was now N10m and that I have to hasten up with the payment. I told them that I was still gathering the money.
“My assistant, Oluwaseun Ajose, who spoke to me on the phone, said they were taken to a riverbank and the gunmen threatened to shoot them if the ransom was not paid on time. I pleaded with them (the abductors) that I had only gathered N200,000 and was still looking for the rest. But they said I must make the full payment of N10m.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole had said the officers under his command are working to ensure the victims are rescued.