……Calls on government, security agencies to intensify efforts at securing release…….
The Christian Association of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter, has condemned the incessant and recent kidnapping of innocent people between Ipele junction and Ifon, in Ose local government area of the state.
The Chairman, Very Revd Fr Anselm Ologunwa, stated this during a sympathy visit to the Regional Supritendent, Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu where he called on the state government and security agencies to as a matter of urgency secure the release of the victims.
He said the kidnapping and abduction of 19 choristers from the church was an act of wickedness and the perpetrators will surely receive the wrath of God.
The chairman who commended the state government’s efforts at curtailing kidnapping and criminality however called for intensified efforts on its part and that of the security agencies.
Fr Ologunwa also applauded the various efforts put in place since the ugly incident by the church, the security agencies and the families of the victims, assuring them of the total support of all christians in the state towards their release.
The chairman expressed disapointment towards the alarming rate of insecurity and other social vices across Nigeria just as he urged the Christian community not to relent in their prayers for the nation and the leaders.
He also appealed to the state government to ensure that all the failed portions along the road are urgently repaired to forestall future occurrence .
In his remark, the CAC Akure Regional Supritendent, Pastor Akànmu informed that the 19 choristers were on their way to Ifon to celebrate with the church organist at the burial wake keep of his father last Friday.
According to him, the kidnappers, a five man gang appeared to them at one of the failed portions of the road and ordered them into the bush after firing at their vehicle.
He said through God’s intervention, eight of them regained their freedom while the remaining ones are still with the abductors.
Pastor Akànmu said the kidnappers are now demanding for fifty million ransom from both the church and family members.
He said the church has been experiencing a beehive of different people and sympathizers since the incident happened.