Catholic priest is kidnapped in Edo State

A Catholic Priest, Rev Fr Isaac Agabi, has been kidnapped along Auchi-Igarra Road in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.

A statement yesterday, by the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Fr Peter Egielewa, said their colleague was abducted Sunday.

He said: “Information reaching us is that one of our priests, Rev Fr Isaac Agabi, has been kidnapped this evening (Sunday) along Auchi-Igarra Road at about 5p.m. He is the priest in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi.”

Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, also confirmed the priest’s kidnap.

He said the Reverend Father’s colleague, Fr Kingsley Okodugha, officially reported the incident at the Igarra Division of Nigerian Police.

He also confirmed that the kidnap victim was forcefully taken from his Toyota Corolla car with number plates SMK 252 FC, adding that police operatives and vigilante group were combing the bush for him, while his vehicle is with the police.

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