A 52 year-old pastor in Sagamu, Ogun state, Adetokunbo Adenopo, has been arrested by detectives from the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for kidnapping.
The pastor, alleged to be the founder and general overseer of New Life Ministry, in Lukosi, Sagamu in Ogun state was arrested alongside three other members of his gang.
The police identified the three suspects as Chigozie Williams 22years, native of Umuahia North, Abia State, Emmanuel Chris Ani, 27years, native of Aniri in Enugu State and Ugoji Linus 30years, native of Ezinifite in Imo State.
They were all arrested in connection with the kidnap of a 35 year-old Jonathan Ekpo, staff of a delivery company.
Ekpo, from Benue state was kidnapped on 17 July when he came to Sagamu to deliver goods.
According to the police, Ekpo was kept by his abductors in an underground cabin inside the Pastor’s church building in Ogijo town in Ogun State.
They demanded N20m ransom.
However the police said the man was rescued nine days later, without paying the ransom. He had since reunited with his family.
Pastor Adenopo allegedly told the policemen that he embarked on the crime to expand his church and charity works.
The pastor and his three-man gang were part of the 35 suspects arrested by the police across the country due to their active involvement and participation in series of kidnapping, armed robbery and other heinous crimes across the country.