Police confirm kidnap of two Catholic priests by gunmen in Edo

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Gunmen (file photo)

By Valentine Amanze

The police authorities have confirmed the Sunday night kidnap of two Catholic priests by gunmen in Edo State, amid the continued abduction of clerics in Nigeria.

The clerics were abducted around Ehor and Iruekpen communities along the Benin-Auchi Expressway.

In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer in Edo, Chidi Nwabuzor, identified the victims as Reverend Father Udo Peter of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Uromi, and Reverend Father Philemon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Centre, Ugboha in Esan South East Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Nwabuzor, while narrating the incident, disclosed that one Reverend Father Amos Abhulimen of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Ugboha informed the police of the abduction of his colleagues.

He further said that as a result the Commissioner of Police Edo, Abutu Yaro, has dispatched security operatives to the area with a view to rescuing the priests and arresting the kidnappers.

Full statement below:

This is to confirm the kidnap incident of two Catholic reverend fathers, Reverend Father Udo Peter of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Uromi and Reverend Father Philemon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Center, Ugboha in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Edo State Police Command was informed of the incident by the Divisional Police Officer, Ugboha, Edo State, that on Sunday 03/07/2022, one Reverend Father Amos Abhulimen of St. Dominic Catholic Church Ugboha reported that he was informed by the Catholic authority via WhatsApp that the above-named Catholic Reverend Fathers were attacked, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown place by some kidnappers along Benin-Auchi Expressway between Ehor and Iruekpen communities.

Immediately, the Commissioner of Police Edo State, CP Abutu Yaro, fdc dispatched police operatives to the area and warned to carry out an aggressive and well-coordinated manhunt in arresting the kidnappers and for the rescuing of the Reverend Fathers unhurt.

The CP solicits the cooperation of the general public in giving information to the Police and other sister security agencies in Policing Edo State.

SP CHIDI NWABUZOR, Anipr

Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, Benin City.

 

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