Police confirm abduction of two Edo Catholic priests

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No fewer than two Catholic priests have been abducted on Saturday night by unknown gunmen, the Edo State Police Command has confirmed.

This is coming a week after another Catholic priest popularly known as Rev. Father Christopher Odia was Kidnap at Ikabigbo Community, Etsako West LGA and was later found dead after few hours in the bush.

In a statement released on Sunday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, identified the suspect as Rev. Father Udo of St. Patrick Catholic church Uromi and Rev. Father Philemon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Center Ugboha.

The Reverend fathers were abducted along the Benin-Auchi Road on their way back to Uromi in Esan South-East Local Government Area of the state.

“This is to confirm the kidnap of two Catholic Rev. Fathers; Rev. Fr. Udo Peter of St. Patrick Catholic Church Uromi and Rev. Fr. Philemon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Center, Ugboha in Esan South East LGA of Edo State.

“The Edo State Police Command was informed of the incident by the Divisional Police Officer, Ugboha, Edo State, that on Sunday, July 3, 2022, one Rev. 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 Rev. 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, CP Abutu Yaro, dispatched policemen to the area to carry out an aggressive and well-coordinated manhunt in arresting the kidnappers as well as rescue the Rev. Fathers unhurt,” the statement added.

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