Otamayomi Ogedengbe, the wife of a pastor kidnapped at his church in Irese, Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, has appealed to the state’s security agencies to ensure her husband’s release.
Pastor Ogedengbe of the Deeper Life Christian Church was kidnapped on Monday evening inside the church by gunmen who arrived in a Toyota Corolla vehicle.
Yinka, the victim’s wife, spoke out on Wednesday, pleading with Nigerians to help secure her husband’s release, claiming that the bandits had not approached the family for ransom.
Yinka described how her husband was kidnapped: “The hoodlums invaded the premises of the church, took their time searching for her husband before forcibly removing him.”
She said that some church members attempted to track down the kidnappers, but that the kidnappers were shooting at random to scare people away.
“Monday was our Bible study day,” she said.
We were just finishing up the Bible study when one of our brothers grabbed the car key to better park it.
Outside, he met a group of young men.
“He said the boys pushed him out of the vehicle, and he assumed they were going to take the car.
They slapped him and then realized he wasn’t the guy they were looking for when they took a closer look at him.
“They recognized my husband and said he was the suspect.
They began shooting as soon as we stepped outside, and they shoved my husband into their vehicle.
We chased them down Irese Lane, but they opened fire on us.
We came to a halt because it was dark.
We haven’t heard anything from them since then (kidnappers).
“May God assist me in reuniting with my husband.
He is his parents’ only child.
Nigerians should help secure my husband’s release.”
Bolaji Salami, the state commissioner of police, said he had ordered his men to rescue the pastor unharmed.