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A Civil Liberties Organisation, Anambra State chapter, has called for the unconditional release of an abducted popular Catholic priest, Reverend Father Basil Gbuzuo, who has been in captivity for four days.

Gbuzuo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, was abducted by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Wednesday at Eke Nkpor-Obosi bypass in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, at about 8 am, and his whereabouts have remained unknown.

According to the PUNCH, the CLO of the organization issued a press statement on Saturday by its Chairman and Secretary, Vincent Ezekwueme and Chidi Mbah, respectively, who called on all Christians and people of goodwill to continue to pray for the urgent and immediate release of the priest to reunite with his family, Catholic Community, and his loved ones.

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The statement read partly, “The Civil Liberties Organisation most passionately calls for the unconditional release of Reverend Father Basil Gbuzuo, given his health challenge, old age, immense contributions and selfless sacrifices towards spiritual, socioeconomic upliftment and healings of followers, members of his ministry and citizens by the grace and mercy of God. We pray for his prompt and immediate unconditional release from captivity.”

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Recall that the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, while addressing the Catholic Priests on the development in the Bishop Conference at Onitsha recently, disclosed that police operatives had launched a man-hunt for the abductors and possible rescue of the priest.

The newly deployed CP, who had barely spent a week in the office before the incident took place while addressing the Catholic priests, allayed their fears and assured them that the Command would do everything to rescue and unhurt the priest, and arrest the abductors.

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However, three days later, nothing has been heard again in that regard.