News coming from the South West Nigerian state of Ondo has it that 25 Christian worshippers have been kidnapped by gunmen.
They were said to be travelling for a burial programme at Ifon Ose LGA of the state.
The worshippers are members of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Oke Igan, in Akure, Ondo.
A church member, who pleaded for anonymity, told The Gazette on Saturday morning that the worshippers, abducted on Friday, are mostly choir members.
He states that, “The twenty-five of them (worshippers) were inside the bus travelling through Ifon road when the gunmen stopped their vehicle and marched them inside the bush.”
The Ondo police spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami-Omisanya, said the kidnapping happened around the Elegbeka area of Ifon on Friday afternoon.
Mrs Odunlami-Omisanya revealed that the police through its anti-kidnapping squad and other tactical units are now on the lookout for the kidnappers. She promised that the police would rescue the worshippers.
The roads in Ifon in Ose LGA had been a notorious nightmare for motorists and travellers due to cases of kidnappings on the route.
Two weeks ago, two businessmen on their way to Edo State from Ifon were kidnapped. Their abductors demanded N100 million for their release.
The two victims were later rescued in a coordinated operation by men of the Amotekun Corps.