Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has directed an immediate search and rescue mission for five members of the Baptist Church who were recently kidnapped under controversial circumstances.
Gatekeepers News reports that in a statement on Tuesday by Olawale Rasheed, the Spokesperson to the State Governor, the state Police Command and other security agencies were also directed to take up the matter and ensure the safe return of the victims.
According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police has consequently activated local and inter-state operations to locate and rescue the victims.
“Governor Adeleke further reassured families of the victims that no stone will be left unturned to rescue their loved ones in captivity,” the statement concluded.
The Osun State Police Command on Friday, confirmed the kidnap of the victims.
The victims who are farmers and members of the Osun State Baptist Conference were kidnapped by some unidentified men in Ile-Ogbo, Ola-Oluwa local government Area of the State, South-West Nigeria on Thursday.
Adeleke’s order comes some hours after representatives of the victim’s families came on a live radio programme in Osogbo and disclosed that they had paid a sum of six million Naira as ransom according to the kidnappers’ demands.
The victim’s families also claimed that the Osun State Police Command and the State Government had not reached out to them about their plight but they disclosed that the Police Command had visited the scene of the kidnapping.
The Police Command Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola on Monday, also confirmed the kidnapping.
She also stated that the Command was working to apprehend the kidnappers and rescue the victims