Gun wielding hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen have abducted a Methodist Church priest, Very Reverend Kayode Akande, and two other prominent leaders of the church in Osun.

They were said to have been whisked away along Iwo-Osogbo road at about 7.10 pm.

The abductees were reportedly heading back to Osogbo, the state capital.

The three were on their way from Ile-Ogbo, a community near Iwo township, when their vehicles were forcefully stopped by the hoodlums.

The two others abducted with the priest were identified as one Bankole, who is an engineer and K Omodunbi.

The abduction has been confirmed by the Bishop of Methodist Church, Osogbo Diocese, Most Reverend Amos Ogunrinde.

One of the priests in the church, who spoke with Bounce News under the condition of anonymity explained what happened.

“They went for a meeting and they were on their way back to Osogbo when they were waylaid by the hoodlums.”

According to him, “the criminals released others and the two cars in which they were traveling and took away the three of them.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Osun State Police command, Folasade Odoro said police patroal teams have been deployed to comb bushes and rescue the Men of God.

“I have been given information that the 3 men who were coming back from a meeting in a convoy of two vehicles have been kidnapped. We have dispatched our men across the state to see to the matter. We will work hand-in-hand to ensure they are rescued.”

Governor Rauf Aregbesola in a reaction on Monday said the state government is working closely with security operatives in making sure Reverend Akande, and the two others whisked away are reunited with their families in no distant time.

In a post on his Twitter handle @raufaregbesola, the Governor said “I have just been briefed about the kidnap of Reverend Kayode Akande and 2 others. The state government is working very closely with security operatives to ensure the safe and speedy return of the victims.”

“Osun is a peaceful state and acts such as this would be met with the greatest form of resistance. Please be rest assured that security remains the topmost priority of the state government.”