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Regional News of Thursday, 14 October 2021


Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Umuahia

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Rev. Father Geoffrey Chimezie, the assistant priest of St. Theresa Catholic Parish has reportedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Umuahia, Abia State capital.

According to reports, the cleric was kidnapped along Enyiukwu road, Umuahia after he had concluded a morning mass at St. Gabriel, Okpururie, Afaraukwu, which serves as an out-station of the St. Theresa Parish.

Vanguard reports that he was forced out of his vehicle while his kidnappers sped off in theirs.

“The Priest was kidnapped along the Enyiukwu road, Afara. He usually goes to St. Gabriel, Okpriurie, Afaraukwu to conduct morning mass because Gabriel is still under St. Theresa’s Parish.He was on his way back when the incident happened. I don’t know if they were waiting for him on the road, but they forced him out of his Toyota Corolla car into their jeep and sped off. As at the moment, nobody has heard from him or his abductors,” the source said.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the incident was yet to be reported to the Police and advised residents not to hesitate to report such matters to the Police.