A Methodist Church Pastor, whose name was given as Adewuyi Adegoke, has been arrested by the Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police for allegedly faking his own kidnap. 

Rev’d Adegoke, who was reportedly nabbed on Esa Oke-Aramoko road while travelling to Ado Ekiti on Sunday by a crack of detective was said to have been declared missing on the.

After his disappearance, the social media was awash with claims that he was abducted by herdsmen while travelling.

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Days after his kidnap, it was learned that his purported ‘abductors’ contacted the Methodist church to demand for a ransom of three million while also threatening to murder the cleric if the ransom was not paid by Thursday.

A source within the Police Command in Ado Ekiti said that Rev’d Adegoke was tracked through the mobile phone that he was using to contact his family.

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“The police have intercepted and arrested the holder of the phone with GSM no 09078589516 being used to demand for a ransom of N3 million from the families and church members of the kidnapped Methodist Reverend at First Bank area, Okeyinmi, Ado-Ekiti where he went to pick the ransom. 

“Incidentally, the arrested suspect is the same Rev. Adewuyi Adegoke Peter. In interrogation, he confessed to have planned the kidnap of himself and demanded the N3 million ransom. 

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“He also stated that he lodged at an hotel within the metro and mentioned one Adewole Oluwadare Sunday, 25 years old, as his accomplice who helped in making the ransom demand calls.

“The two suspects have confessed to the crime and are detained at the Police state headquarters, Ado-Ekiti” the source said. 

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Mr. Amba Asuquo, Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State also confirmed that both suspects are now in the Police custody.


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