By Ayodele Popoola
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has described the abduction of 25 choir members of the CAC Oke Igan, in Akure, Ondo State, as an act of wickedness.
Recall that the victims were kidnapped between Ipele junction and Ifon, in Ose council area of the state, last week Friday.
Eight of them escaped from their captors, a day after their abduction.
The kidnappers have demanded N50 million as ransom before the remaining victims would be released.
Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Revd Fr. Anselm Ologunwa, said this during a sympathy visit to the Regional Superintendent, of Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, in Akure.
Ologunwa condemned the incessant and recent kidnapping of innocent people along the notorious lpele/ lfon highway and called on the state government and security agencies to as a matter of urgency secure the release of the victims.
The cleric said the kidnapping and abduction of the “choristers from the church was an act of wickedness, stressing that the perpetrators will surely receive the wrath of God.
He expressed disappointment over the alarming rate of insecurity and other social vices across Nigeria, just as he urged the Christian community not to relent in their prayers for the nation and the leaders.
Ologunwa appealed to the state government to ensure that all the failed portions along the road are urgently repaired to forestall future occurrence.
The chairman who commended the state government’s efforts at curtailing kidnapping and criminality however called for intensified efforts on its part and that of the security agencies.
The cleric also applauded the various efforts put in place since the ugly incident by the church, the security agencies, and the families of the victims, assuring them of the total support of all Christians in the state towards their release.