A Methodist presbyter, Very Rev. Kayode Akande
and two other church leaders kidnapped by
suspected herdsmen in Osun State have regained
One of the clerics in the church told our
correspondent on the telephone on Friday that the
priest; Mr. Bankole, who is an engineer and Mr.
Omodunbi were released on Thursday by their
The cleric said that his colleague and two others,
who were kidnapped by the hoodlums since Sunday
night were freed by their abductors unharmed.
He said, “The priest and the two others kidnapped
by the suspected herdsmen have been released.
They were released on Thursday. We ascribe all the
glory to God for their release.”
Asked how much ransom the church or the family
paid for the release of the three men, the cleric said,
no ransom was paid because the Bishop pleaded
with the abductors to free the men and also prayed
He said, “The church did not pay any ransom.
Honestly speaking, they were released by God’s
intervention and by the intervention of the Bishop
who also pleaded and prayed for those kidnappers.
“There was a request for ransom but the bishop
pleaded and prayed for them and God intervened.
The three persons were released without paying any
ransom. It is a miracle.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State,
Mrs. Folasade Odoro, refused to answer the calls
put across to her by our correspondent to find out
if the people had been released.