Not less than 25 choir members of the Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, were on Friday abducted in Oke-Igan, Akure, Ondo state.
Gunmen kidnapped the victims when they were heading to Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of the state to attend the burial ceremony of a parent of one of them.
According to Daily Post, church sources said the abduction has left the families and the church in distress. The choir members were said to have embarked on the journey from Akure in a branded vehicle belonging to the church.
It was also gathered that the church vehicle was later discovered abandoned on the roadside in the Elegbeka community.
In recent times, the scene of the abduction Owo-Ifon-Benin road which is in a bad state, has been known to be a hotbed of criminal activities, including kidnappings and armed robberies.
Ondo State Police Command confirmed the incident and assured the public of its commitment to ensuring the safe return of the victims.
Police said they were informed that a church bus with the inscription CAC was abandoned around the Elegbeka area, and there are suspicions that the passengers in the vehicle were kidnapped.
“The police anti-kidnapping squad and other tactical teams have been deployed to the area to rescue the victims and arrest all involved in the crime,” the spokesperson said.