Gunmen have abducted two Islamic clerics along Ayetoro-Abeokuta road in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Sources say the incident occurred on Saturday around 10pm shortly after they arrived from a public lecture.

The victims, identified as Hussein AbdulJelil and  Ilyas Muhammed Jamiu, were kidnapped by the five-man kidnapping syndicate who had eaten food prepared at the residence of the victims.

It was gathered that the kidnappers, who wielded heavy ammunition, also seized the phones of the victims. Reports say that the family members of the victims have been contacted and N15 Million ransom has been demanded to secure the release of the clerics.

The Ogun State Police PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the attack, said other security personnel, including local hunters, have commenced combing the bush in the area with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt.

He said: “Yes, we are aware. Our men have been there with others including local hunters combing the bush.

“We will get them. We have got others in Ijebu-Ode and other areas in the state. We will get them and deal with them.”

This comes at a time when the Ogun State Police Command announced the arrest of two persons suspected to be members of a terrorist syndicate in the Ijebu Ode Area of Ogun State. 

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