Gunmen attack church members, kidnap one member in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
The kidnappers, dressed in military camouflage, stormed Destiny Estate in Obada-Oko, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, around 9:15 pm.
The bandits shot into the air as they took away the boy, who was identified as Gbolahan Ajibola.
The gunmen have since reached out to the family, demanding a ransom of N50 million before the boy could be released.
The attackers, who hid in a bush near the house, pounced on the family when Ajibola alighted from the car to open the gate.
The victim, his mother and grandmother were returning from their shop after attending the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) programme when the gunmen attacked them, beating them thoroughly before taking Ajibola away.
The victim’s grandmother, Victoria, said the attackers were six, saying the kidnappers left behind their cloth in the bush in front of the house.
While taking the boy away, the grandmother said she held the cloth of one of them and pleaded that she be taken away instead of the boy.
“They dragged us to the ground and started shooting,” she said, adding that “they collected the bags and also the phones of Gbolahan and his mother.”
The incident occurred around 9.30pm. We normally come back home every day around 8pm but the General Overseer of our church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye came to one of our churches in Adigbe area and we attended the programme.
“Our shop where we were selling goods is very close to the church, we closed from the shop late. Whenever we come back home, it is the boy that usually opens the gate.