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Published On: Thu, Mar 5th, 2020

Kidnapped Benue Catholic priest regains freedom

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Director of Communications, Otukpo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr John Okopopu yesterday said that the abductors of the Rev. Fr. David Echioda has released their victims saying he was not their target.
Rev. Fr. David Echioda was kidnapped on Sunday by at Alla-Akpa while returning from a missionary work.
Rév. Fr. Okopopu said that the victim (Rev Fr Echioda) was released yesterday at 6.30 am.
Okopopu also, said the abductors told him they mistook him for a top politician who they had information was going to ply the route.
According to the Director of Communication, the priest who was returning to Otukpo ran into the gunmen numbering six (6) and armed with sophisticated weapons.
Rev. Fr. Okopopu said, “Yes, the priest was released yesterday after the gunmen tortured him.
“The abductors said that he was not their target and that they had information that a top person was going to pass the road around 2 pm.
“Unfortunately, when the gunmen could not see their target, they began to rob and the priest was the first to run into them and they dispossessed him of his belongings including the church money.
“They forced him into his vehicle, three(3) men in the front, three(3) at the back while one was searching the priest, all of them were speaking Hausa although, the priest understand Hausa and communicated also with them, they tortured and later released him with an apology that he was not their target.
“So they gave him N4, 000.00 to take care of himself”, the Director of communication said.

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