Civil Defense Officers Kidnapped

Two Catholic Priests from Awka Catholic Diocese have been abducted by unknown gunmen who are being suspected to be kidnappers.

Eye9ja reports that the two clergymen identified as Rev. Fr. Joseph Nweke and Rev. Fr. Felix Efobi were reportedly abducted on the popular Benin-Owo Expressway, in the Elegbeka area of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The Catholic Priests were abducted on their way to Akure, the state capital, for a wedding ceremony, on Friday evening.

According to reports the two priests and other guests of the wedding ceremony were said to be coming from Awka, the Anambra State capital when the abduction took place.

“The two catholic priests, who were coming from Awka Diocese for a wedding ceremony in Akure, were kidnapped around Ajagbale, Elegbeka axis yesterday (Friday).

“Some members of the bridal train were coming in a convoy with the reverend fathers but only the cars carrying the priests were stopped by the suspected kidnappers and they dragged them out of the cars and took them to an unknown location.

“They didn’t even disturb others, their phones were not even collected, they just kidnapped the priests and left others,” a source revealed in a statement obtained by Eye9ja.

While reacting to the incident, the Director of Media and Communications of the Ondo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Father Leo Aregbesaola confirmed the incident, adding that the church had since initiated a search operation aimed at rescuing the abducted Catholic Priests.

“Rev. Father Amadi posted the incident on our page and he said efforts were ongoing to look for them,” he stated.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Command, Femi Joseph when asked on the latest update on the kidnapped Priests, said he was not aware of the development.

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