By Ehi Ekhator, Sri Lanka
The ex-CAN President, Most Reverend Peter Jasper Akinola was yesterday, kidnapped near Obasanjo farm in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
He was however rescued by the police command later.
The ex-CAN President was rescued at Ojaga Price in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state by Ogun State Police Command.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi told journalist that it was like a war to rescue the ex-CAN president and added that, it lasted for hours as the kidnappers’ gang and men of Nigeria Police engaged in a gun duel before the Reverend was rescued.
His words: “It was a war because before we could rescue the old man. We found out that, apart from the man and his driver, one of his children was there.
“We have 10 teams of policemen that participated in the rescue operation. Three of the teams were escorting the victims to their house. And the remaining teams are still there in the bush because the place is wide.”
When asked if it was a case of kidnapping, Adejobi said it would be too early to conclude, saying the command would find out from the victims during interrogation.
The 69-year-old cleric was reportedly waylaid by unknown gunmen at about 3:00 pm, in front of the main entrance of the Peter Akinola Foundation Centre for Youth Industrial Training at Kilometre10, Abeokuta-Lagos expressway and seized with his driver, whose name could not be ascertained at press time.
A close source to the Reverend revealed that Akinola was on his way back from the youth training centre where he had gone to check the progress of some projects.
According to the information gathered, the kidnappers stopped the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) carrying the Reverend and started shooting sporadically before he was whisk away.