Our correspondent learnt that the case had been transferred from the Owutu Police Division to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikorodu, of the Lagos State Police Command.
234today reported on Monday that the kidnappers, who disguised as new church members, had around 7am on Sunday come into the church.
When our correspondent got to the area on Monday, one of the family friends, who did not want her name in print, said the gunmen had demanded a ransom of N100m.
“Those men have called. They are asking for N100m. That is a big worry. The pastor was cleaning the chairs on Sunday with a few members when the men came in. But God is in control,” she said.
Our correspondent observed the pastor’s wife and the wife of the area pastor, who were visibly distraught by the incident, gave their statements to the policemen at SARS.
A police source said, “Police detectives were at the church till around 4pm. Soldiers are usually stationed in the vicinity. So, it was surprising that the pastor was abducted. The church is near a stream. There are about 30 members in the parish.”
When our correspondent met with the pastor’s wife, she was reluctant to discuss the incident.
“Just pray with us. You have already put out a report,” she said.
“It was a relation of the kidnappers who took the money to them in the creeks. That was how the victims were freed.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, had ordered the transfer of the case to SARS.
“The CP has directed that the case be transferred to SARS to give it the attention it deserves,” she said.