Herdsmen Photo credit: /CH/NAN

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have kidnapped a Methodist Presbyter in Osun State Very Rev Kayode Akande and two other church leaders.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening along the Iwo-Osogbo Road.

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It was gathered that Akande was taken away by the suspected herdsmen around 7pm.

”They were returning to Osogbo from Ile Ogbo when suspected Fulani herdsmen abducted them. They went for a meeting in respect of Father’s Day and they were on their way back to Osogbo when the incident happened,” a source said.

“The criminals released others and the two cars in which they were traveling and took away the three of them. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, was contacted and he acted promptly.

“In fact, policemen have been deployed in the road immediately and they have been combing the bushes and I just pray they would get these people quickly. We are all praying to God so that these hoodlums would not harm these people.”

The source also said: “I think these people are not genuine herders but criminals. I don’t think they are those herdsmen killing but they are armed robbers and that was why they didn’t kill them but took them away.

“They are criminals. They have not got in touch with the families of the three persons. I just returned from visiting the wife of one of the victims now and I was not told of anything like that,” he added.