- A Catholic priest in Cross River state has been forcefully kidnapped
- At first, it was alleged that he was abducted, but eyewitnesses say it was more of an arrest in a commando-style
- The priest's brother is said to have been critical of the authorities in the state
A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Titus Armon, was forcefully taken away from his parish in Abuochiche, Bekwarra local government area of Cross River state on Thursday, October 29.
At the time of his abduction by men in military uniform at 6 pm in front of worshippers, Armon was the assistant parish priest of Holy Spirit Parish in Abuochiche.
Eye witness accounts by parishioners who attended evening mass said he was picked up after he finished the evening mass and was greeting parishioners.
There are also insinuations that the priest was arrested by men in military uniform dispatched from Calabar on the orders of Governor Ben Ayade.
He was said to have been arrested in place of his twin brother, also a priest who serves in Anambra state.
His twin brother has recently been highly critical of the Cross River state governor.
Legit.ng, however, gathered that efforts are currently underway by the Catholic hierarchy to employ the use of lawyers to trace him and effect his release.
An eye witness said:
“We look forward to his release and more details on why he was arrested and who instigated his arrest as the day goes by.”
One of the parishioners told journalists:
“His twin brother has been recently highly critical of Governor Ben Ayade. Father Armon, the one at Anambra had written a very critical fact check on the tenure of Governor Ayade.”
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Wednesday, September 30 warned that the country is on the verge of collapsing.
The CBCN in an address to mark Nigeria's 60th independence anniversary wondered how Nigerians can conveniently celebrate the occasion amidst huge borrowings with colossal interest to be paid back.
The group further lamented that presently, the country is servicing its huge debt with a significant revenue of the country.
In an address by Most Rev. Augustine O. Akubeze, Archbishop of Benin city and president of the CBCN, the Catholic Bishops said the rate of unemployment is growing, and there seems to be no clear plan to fix the economy as well as help the private sector to grow so youths can be employed.
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Source: Legit Nigeria