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Published On: Tue, Jun 18th, 2019

Bandits abduct Catholic Priest in Edo

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Suspected bandits have reportedly abducted a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Isaac Agubi, in Edo State.
The priest who is in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo Local Government area of Edo State, was kidnapped last Sunday.
The Cleric was allegedly abducted on Auchi-Igarra road at about 5.00pm while on his way back to the parish.
As at the time of filling this report, neither the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar DanMallam, nor could be reached for comments.
Meanwhile, a lecturer of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi and four others who were kidnapped in Edo central, have regained their freedom.
The victims were said to her been kidnapped by River Ose bridge, along Ifon-Uzeba-Kabo road, near Owan West local government area of the state.
They were however released after a ransom of over N600,000 was allegedly paid by their relatives.
Source said the victims spent four days in the bush before they were released by their abductors.
The Edo Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the report.
He revealed that the Cleric was abducted by gunmen who took him away in his Toyota Corolla with registration number SMK 252 FC.
Police operatives and vigilante men are already combing the for rescue operation, according to him.

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