Gunmen abduct two Catholic priests in Ondo

Gunmen on Saturday evening kidnapped two Catholic priests, Reverend Father Joseph Nweke and Reverend Father Felix Efobi from Awka Catholic Diocese in Anambra State.

The two priests were said to have been kidnapped on Benin-Owo highway around Elegbeka area of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, while coming to Akure, the state capital, for a wedding ceremony.

The source said: “The two Catholic priests were coming from Awka Diocese for a wedding ceremony in Akure. They were kidnapped around Ajagbale, Elegbeka axis.

“Those who were coming with the reverend fathers were not touched, only the cars carrying the priests were stopped by the suspected kidnappers who dragged them out of the car and took them away.

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“They just kidnapped the priests and left others.”

Confirming the incident, the Director of Media and Communications of the Ondo Catholic Diocese, Reverend Father Leo Aregbesola, said the church had formed a search team immediately after the incident.

“Rev. Father Amadi posted the incident on our page and he said efforts were ongoing to look for them,” he stated.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the state police command was not aware of the development.

Joseph said: “I will try and verify, but for now I am not aware.”

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