The dead body of a man identified as Fredrick Aramuwa, has been discovered beside the road on Easter Sunday in Ifira Akoko community in the Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Before his death, sources said he was earlier abducted by hoodlums on the Idoani-Ifira Road and was taken to an unknown destination, The Punch reports.

It was also reported that, Aramuwa, who was a pastor in Lagos State was going to Ifira Akoko from Lagos, with his driver and was not seen since March 31. It was later discovered that the deceased pastor was abducted a few kilometres to Ifira, his home town.

One of the source said, “Contacts were made with Lagos and his departure was confirmed. The community started searching for him after reporting his disappearance at the Divisional Police Office in Isua Akoko. It was later discovered that he had been kidnapped.

“The abductors agreed to collect N10m initially, but the ransom was later reduced to N2m. Despite that the ransom of N2m was paid to them, they failed to release the victim. Later the lifeless body of the pastor was discovered.”

On how he died, the source, however, said it could not be ascertained if the deceased was tortured or strangled to death, but his remains had been deposited in the morgue of the General Hospital, Ipe Akoko.