4 Catholic priests abducted in Delta state regain freedom

4 Catholic priests abducted in Delta state regain freedom

- Four Catholic priests abducted by unknown gunmen in Abraka, Delta state have regained their freedom

- The priests were rescued by officers of the Nigeria Police Force on Friday, November 9

- They were on their way to the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele-Ekpoma in Edo when they were abducted

Four Catholic priests who were abducted on November 6 by unknown persons in Delta have regained their freedom, the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Nigeria Police, Delta Command, confirmed on Saturday that the priests were rescued near Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of the state.

According to the Police commissioner , Muhammad Mustafa, the victims were rescued on Friday evening at a location he did not disclose.

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The victims were: Rev. Fathers Victor Adigboluja of the Ijebu Ode Diocese; Anthony Otegbola, Abeokuta Diocese; Joseph Ediae, Benin Archdiocese; and Emmanuel Obadjere, Warri Diocese.

They were said to have been on their way to the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele-Ekpoma in Edo on November 6 when they were kidnapped.

The police boss, who earlier said that one of the suspects had been apprehended in connection with the crime, also assured that the police command was trailing the others.

He assured that the other suspects would be arrested and prosecuted.

“They were rescued on Friday and we are on the trail of the other suspects.

”We do not encourage ransom, so no ransom was paid,” Mustafa said.

A reliable source told NAN that the priests were taken to Benin City for medical attention immediately they regained their freedom.

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According to the source the priests were escorted to Benin City by the joint police and military team that rescued them.

The captors had earlier demanded for N4 million as ransom to effect their release.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, condemned the kidnap of four Catholic priests by unknown gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen in Umutu/Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of Delta state.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom described the abduction of the four Reverend Fathers as barbaric, dehumanizing and shameful.

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