Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Umuahia


Some gunmen on Wednesday abducted a Catholic priest in Umuahia, Abia Negate, Nigeria’s South-east, in retaining with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NAN reported that an unidentified lady used to be also abducted the identical day in Umuahia.

The abducted priest has been acknowledged as Godfrey Chimezie, serving at St. Theresa Parish, Umuahia.

Mr Chimezie used to be stated to were abducted along the avenue, shut to the church, while the girl used to be abducted at a petrol space.

He used to be returning to his parish after attending morning Mass at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Okpururie Afaraukwu, when his abductors swooped on him, witnesses stated.

“The kidnappers forced him out of his Toyota Corolla car and bundled him into their SUV and escaped,” a resident stated.

A senior priest in the Umuahia Catholic Diocese, who confirmed the abduction of Mr Chimezie, described him as a younger priest who used to be ordained early in the one year.

The police spokesperson in Abia Negate, Godfrey Ogbonna, stated the uncover used to be yet to get a formal chronicle on the incident from the Catholic Church.

Mr Ogbonna, a superintendent of police, confirmed the abduction of the girl.

The girl, he stated, used to be double-crossed as she used to be driving out of the filling space.

He stated it used to be now not sure yet if the two incidents had been utilized by the identical gang.

Mr Ogbonna, who stated the police had been investigating the girl’s abduction, told the Catholic authorities to build a formal chronicle at any police space true thru the scene of the incident, on the abduction of the priest.

“Here’s to enable the uncover to initiate investigation with a be taught about to rescuing the victim,” he stated.

NAN reported that the two incidents created terror amongst residents who expressed anguish that such crime would possibly per chance well degenerate in the city if now not tackled straight away.

A resident, Kingsley Onyemuche, stated: “Now we salvage by no design recorded such dastardly acts in one day in Umuahia.

“This space has been aloof and devoid of violent crime for some time now, nevertheless these two conditions in one day salvage score apart so mighty anguish in every resident. The Abia Negate Executive and security companies in the relate can salvage to take urgent steps to kind out this gruesome style.”


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