Gunmen who kidnapped Apostle John Okoriko, founder and resident pastor of Solid Rock Kingdom Church (SRKC), Akwa Ibom, are demanding N100million as ransom.
Apostle Okoriko was kidnapped by gunmen in his church premises on Tuesday evening, April 19.
The popular radio and tele-evangelist was whisked away in church by five armed men who invaded the premises through the fence after the pastor drove in with his Lexus SUV
“After successfully scaling the fence, the gunmen started shooting sporadically and forcefully entered his sitting room from where they dragged the octogenarian, forcing neighbours to scamper for safety”, a neighbour, Bassey Asuquo, told newsmen.
He added that Police operatives were contacted immediately and some volunteer youths joined the Police to comb the bushes in search of Pastor Okoriko, to no avail.
A family source told newsmen that the abductors contacted them through the pastor’s phone and demanded a hundred million naira to secure his release.
The spokesperson of the state police command, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident in a brief statement on Wednesday.
“The Command has received a report on the incident and the Commissioner of Police Andrew (CP), Mr. Amiengheme Andrew, has ordered for a discreet investigation with a view to apprehending the suspects and to the victim unharmed,” the PPRO stated.