Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, have invaded a church named the Christ Apostolic Church, situated at Gudugbe Alagbon area of Wasimi in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State during vigil service, attacked members and subsequently kidnapped a member.
The suspects, who had since been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command, were said to have stormed the church, with various dangerous weapons while the service was on going.
Those arrested were Abubakar Ibrahim (38); Sulaiman Yusuf (32); Ismail Yusuf (20); Umar Aliu (26) and Yinusa Musa.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, on Sunday, the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Shepherd in Charge of the Church, Seye Obisesan, put a distress call through to the Police about the incident.
Oyeyemi said the attackers beat members of the church to stupor, dispossessed them of their valuables and eventually kidnapped one Mrs Mojisola Atolagbe.
The PPRO added that they were arrested the same day they robbed the church members.
According to the PPRO, the shepherd told the police that his church was invaded about 1:30 am by six men who were armed with dangerous weapons.
Oyeyemi said, “The hoodlums beat some members of the church to a stupor before dispossessing them of their valuables.
“As if that was not enough, the hoodlums abducted one Mojisola Atolagbe while leaving the church.
“Upon the distress call, policemen attached to Ewekoro division swiftly moved to the scene, combed the forest where the hoodlums escaped to thoroughly and their efforts paid off when five amongst the gang members were apprehended in the bush.
“The victims of the attack have identified all the arrested suspects while the sixth one is being hunted for.”
The PPRO said some weapons such as one cutlass, two sharp-pointed cudgels, and assorted dangerous charms were recovered.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.