A Magistrate Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has remanded a priest of the Methodist Church, Reverend Peter Adegoke Adewuyi in prison custody after he faked his own kidnap to obtain ransom.
ElombahNews had on June 13, reported how a Reverend Adegoke was arrested by the police for for planning his own kidnap with the intention of collecting a ransom of N3 million from church members.
Reports say that the reverend had an accomplice, identified as Oluwadare Sunday, who was also arrested in connection with the alleged crime.
Adegoke reportedly went into hiding on Sunday evening while there were reports that he was kidnapped somewhere between Esa-Oke in Osun state and Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti, after which his abductors demanded that ransom must be paid by Thursday unfailingly failure of which he will be killed.
Security operatives, however, intercepted the pastor’s accomplice who came to pick up the ransom at Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti, after which he led them to the hotel where the pastor was hiding.
The presided judge, Mrs. Omolola Akosile remanded Adewuyi and his accomplice, Mr. Oluwadare Ajewole pending their next appearance in court.
Adewuyi (30) and Ajewole (25) were arrested by the Police on June 11 and were slammed with the counts of aiding, arranging and abetting kidnapping.
At the court sitting on Monday, Police Prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, said the offences committed by the priest and his accomplice are contrary to, and punishable under Sections 5 and 7 of Ekiti State Kidnap and Terrorism (Prohibition) Law 2015.
Magistrate Akosile ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody pending the issuance of legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
She subsequently adjourned the case till 24th July, 2019.