Abuja - The Ekiti State government is offering N2 million as reward for the rescue of Reverend Father Emmanuel Akingbade, the Catholic cleric recently kidnapped in Ido-Ekiti area.
Ayodele Fayose, the governor, was confident this would ensure the church leader was freed.
His Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the governor noted that plans were underway to rid the state of kidnappers.
He promised to give the sum of N2 million to anyone that could provide useful information that could lead to the arrest of the kidnappers.
Fayose emphasized that the modalities of dealing with kidnapping was different from other criminal activities and appealed to the people of the state to shun staging protests.
Also Read: Oil worker's kidnappers demand N2 million in Abia
He said “all hands must be on deck” to ensure prevalence of peace in the state.
He meanwhile confirmed that the kidnappers earlier arrested were still in the police custody and the rest of the criminals would be apprehended as soon as possible.
“The issue of kidnapping goes beyond political matters, everyone irrespective of party affiliation must team up with the government to deal with the kidnap menace in the state,” he said.
The governor also notified people of the state of the necessity of police checking vehicles at strategic points across the state, with an appeal to residents to bear with whatever inconveniences the action might cause.
Unknown gunmen abducted Akingbade on Tuesday.
It was reported that a three-man gang stormed the residence of the cleric, who is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido Ekiti. It is reported they are demanding N20 million.
- CAJ News