Notorious kidnappers have killed the chaplain to the Bishop of the African Church, Ondo Central Diocese, Revd. David Ayeola.
The gunmen shot Ayeola dead in a botched rescue operation after the church fail to pay the N100m ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
The African Church told the kidnappers that they can only offered N500,000 instead.
The Ayeola, the bishop, Samuel Ojo; and the bishop’s wife were on their way to Abeokuta, Ogun State, from Imojo Ekiti, Ekiti State, when they were waylaid by the gunmen on the road.
The bishop, his wife, Ayeola, and the driver of the car were said to have ran into the bush.
A source said, “While others escaped, the chaplain was caught and abducted by the gunmen.
“They later contacted the headquarters of the church at Akure and requested for the sum N100m. The church, however, offered them N500,000, which the kidnappers rejected.”
Another top leader of the African Church said the church’s leadership involved the Ekiti State Police Command in the rescue of the priest.
He explained that while they were trying to buy more time with negotiation, the police also closed in on the hideout of the abductors.
“On Saturday, the police swooped on the hideout of the kidnappers and there was an exchange of gunfire between the men of the police and the kidnappers.
“The police team was overpowered and the kidnappers decided to shoot the priest. They (kidnappers) left his corpse behind. The family has taken the remain of his body to the morgue,” he added.