Nearly 80 hostages rescued after being kidnapped by priest in Nigeria

Seventy-seven people held hostage in a church in southwestern Nigeria were rescued, according to media reports Saturday.

A priest took the hostages on the ground floor of a church in the Valentino district of Ondo State.

As residents of the neighborhood gave notice, the hostages, including 23 children, were rescued.

Public Relations Officer for Ondo Police, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the priest was detained and an investigation was launched into the incident./aa