One Celestial Church of Christ, Oshofa Parish, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State has reported an attack orchestrated by unknown gunmen during its vigil service on Tuesday.

Worshippers who gave account of the incident said that armed persons zeroed in on the church at Wasinmi, during an ongoing service, before kidnapping two members present on the day. The abducted victims are Oluwaseun Ajose, an assistant parish priest, and Dagunro Ayobami, a sunday school teacher.

In a bid to sooth frayed nerves, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi of Ogun police command, assured the public that the police are following a trail to apprehend the kidnappers, and stated they are doing everything possible to rescue the victims.

‘They were having a vigil in that church, so the kidnappers came to attack them there. They kidnapped two members of the church.

‘We are on their trail, we are tracing them. It is our duty to rescue those people that were abducted and we are doing everything possible to do that,’ the DSP said.

Oyeyemi further advised locales in the area to remain vigilant, and inform the nearest police station of any event scheduled for late hours.

‘People should be more vigilant because security is everybody’s business and our people are supposed to play their own part.

‘We have given a statement before now that whenever you want to have a vigil, especially when it is in an isolated place, try as much as possible to inform the direct police station close to that place so that they will be having constant patrol of the area,’ he added.

Furthermore, the parish priest of the Church, Oluwatomisin Ehuwaojomo, revealed during a press briefing that the kidnappers reached out to the church; demanding N50 million naira as ransom for the two abductees.

‘When my assistant called me almost two hours after they left, the kidnappers initially refused to speak with me but on his third attempt, they spoke with me and requested for N50 million ransom. I told them that I am a servant of God and I don’t receive a salary,’ he said

Tuesday’s abduction adds to a series of crimes that have dented the safety in the south-west region this month.

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