Stella Dimoko Kidnapped Priest Killed After Church Refused To Pay N100m Ransom And Involved Police


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Kidnapped Priest Killed After Church Refused To Pay N100m Ransom And Involved Police

Suspected kidnappers have killed the chaplain to the Bishop of the African Church, Ondo Central Diocese, Revd. David Ayeola. 

The gunmen shot Ayeola dead in a botched rescue operation after the church declined to pay the N100m ransom the kidnappers demanded. The African Church had offered N500,000 instead. PUNCH Metro learnt that the remains of the victim had been deposited in a morgue.

On Saturday, the police swooped on the hideout of the kidnappers and there was an exchange of gunfire between them.

“The police team was overpowered and the kidnappers decided to shoot the priest. He was shot in the side; they (kidnappers) left his corpse behind. The family has taken the body to the morgue.

When contacted, the Diocesan Public Relations Officer, Alex Akande, said he could not talk about the incident, adding that the church’s leadership would meet on Monday (today). He said, “The case is with the police. I don’t want to divulge too much information because I need to get clearance from the church’s headquarters. We will be having a meeting tomorrow (Monday); maybe I can talk after that.”

PUNCH Metro learnt that Ayeola was not married and he had only recently finished from the seminary. A check on his Facebook page showed that although he rarely used social media, he sometime waxed philosophical.

“People may say many things about you, but what you say about yourself matters most. I know I shall accomplish the purpose of God for my life in the land of the living in Jesus Name. Do have a happy night rest friends,” his last post read.

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Adeyemi Ademola, confirmed the death.

He said, “Yesterday evening (Saturday), we received intelligence about where the reverend was being kept by the kidnappers. The police and some hunters went to rescue him. We discovered that the place was a very thick forest.

"When the kidnappers noticed that the police and the hunters were coming, they shot the reverend and escaped. We went after them for a while, but the team had to turn back when it was getting dark. This was to avoid endangering the lives of members of the team in a terrain that the kidnappers may be more familiar with. We took the reverend to a general hospital, but sadly, we lost him."


  1. How sad. May his soul rest in peace.

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  2. Oh damn it 😩 This is sad, God help us in Nigeria

  3. Why didn't they send Kyari Abba and his team for the rescue operation?...
    He has a good record of catching these criminals...
    This is sad and painful!!...
    RIP to the priest!..
    His soul will hunt them down!...

  4. Man inhumanity to another...
    Rip dear priest..

    chim-oma a.k.a Miss Kapusu

  5. iyammi!!! why involve NPF in a kidnap case? i dont trust our NPF they are lousy and most of them are criminals. if you want your case resolve please dont invite NPF kuku carry yoursef and your blockus go civil defense corps, those guys are efficient, smart and always ensure people get justice. RIP SIR

  6. Eeh yah!!!
    Poor priest! R.I.P
    Your soul shall continue to haunt this evil people....Amen

  7. RIP chaplain. 100 million as if they can get that if they sold all the kipnappers families.

    God will never forgive you all kidnappers

  8. The Psycho Guy........23 October 2017 at 11:23

    But he is not a priest.

    1. He is a priest, an ordained Reverend

  9. So sad...May the killer never find rest of mind.

  10. So sad...May the killer never find rest of mind.

  11. Imagine taking a life they can't give,RIP

  12. But kidnappers don't fear God o. The rate at which priests are being kidnapped in recent times ehhn. Touch not God's annointed.


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