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Just in: Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Delta

Just in: Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Delta

- A Catholic priest, Rev Father Christopher Ogaga has been reportedly kidnapped in Delta state

- The kidnapped clergy is priest of two other parishes of the church; St Luke’s Catholic Church, Oviri Okpe and St Jude’s Catholic Church Aghalopke

- The Rev Father was kidnapped in the late hours of Saturday, September 1, while traveling to Warri

Rev Father Christopher Ogaga, the parish priest of Emmanuel Catholic Church, Oviri-Okpe in Okpe council area of Delta state has been reportedly kidnapped.

The kidnappers according to The Nation has demanded N15 million ransom for his release.

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The kidnapped man is priest of two other parishes of the church; St Luke’s Catholic Church, Oviri Okpe and St Jude’s Catholic Church Aghalopke, is also the principal of St. Peters Clavers College, Aghalokpe, the news outlet reports.

Ogaga was said to be driving alone along the Arava-Oviri-Orere-Okpe road when he was kidnapped.

“He left the house and he was heading to Warri through Arava-Oviri-Orere-Okpe Road. That is the route he used to take to Warri. We are suspecting that he might have been kidnapped along this route.

“He was driving alone when the incident happened because he usually travels to Warri alone on Sundays. We were supposed to go with him that Saturday, but we did not go with him,” a source told the news outlet.

On his part, Delta state commissioner of police, Muhammad Mustafa, who confirmed the kidnap said his command had begun a search for the kidnapped priest.

“Yes, we are already searching for the kidnappers. He was kidnapped two days ago”, adding that all would be done to ensure the priest’s speedy and safe rescue."

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Legit.ng had reported that the St. Paul's Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of Delta state which collapsed on worshippers on Sunday, September 2, was 100 years old.

A preliminary report by the Delta state government delegation on inquiry of the collapsed building said the church was built 100 years ago.

An aide to the governor quoting the leader of the delegation and the commissioner of works in the state, James Augoye, said the church collapsed as a result of heavily soaked waters.

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