A Nigerian pastor in Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), who was abducted during a vigil on Saturday in Ekiti State and taken to Kwara State has escaped from his abductors.
Residents of the community say they could not believe their ears when news filtered in that the cleric had escaped and was at Eruku in Kwara State awaiting vehicle to convey him back to Oke Ako.
Micheal Adeyeye, a cleric at Christ Apostolic church in the community said he escaped unhurt from his abductors.
Adeyeye, while recalling his experience, said he, alongside the four gunmen who initially demanded N50million ransom before reducing it to N15million, walked in the forest throughout Saturday night and Sunday.
The pastor, who escaped unhurt, told his community members in Ajoni Local Council Development Area in the state that he escaped when the abductors fell asleep.
He said, “We were in church for a vigil on Saturday. At about 10.20pm, four armed men arrived the church, saying ‘where is pastor?’
On locating me, they tied my hands and ordered me to follow them. We went into the bush”.
“The following day, Sunday, they asked me to call my family to get N50million ransom across to them for me to regain my freedom. We were using my phone which they had already seized for the calls. Later, they reduced the ransom to N15million”.
“I rose and stealthily moved away from the location into the bush. I kept walking in the bush until Tuesday morning when I got to Eruku, a town in Kwara State.
“I am happy for my escape. I am happy to be reunited with my people and church members. I can see love from the community,’’ he said.