- A Catholic priest has been abducted in Delta state by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers
- In Oyo state, a construction and bank staff were kidnapped on the same day
- The police commands in both states have confirmed the incidents
Unknown gunmen have abducted a Catholic priest identified as Harrison Prhinyovaw in Delta state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the priest was said to have been abducted at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15 at a bad spot in Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of the state.
He is said to be in charge of St. John’s Catholic Church, Obinomba in Ukwuani local government area of Delta state.
A resident quoted in the report said:
“The kidnappers shot sporadically in the air to scare away passers-by at the scene of the operation. They abandoned the cleric’s car at the scene of the incident.”
Also, a member of the local vigilante who spoke with journalists, said he and his colleagues heard the terrifying gunshots fired by the kidnappers, adding that they were not armed enough to go after the kidnappers.
When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Edafe Bright, confirmed the incident.
Similarly, unknown gunmen abducted staff of a construction firm and a bank at a quarry site in Ibadan on the same day.
The gunmen invaded the quarry site along Ijebu-Ode/ Ibadan road and kidnapped Popoola Isaac and Ismail Adeoye, staff of the firm and bank respectively.
The police spokesperson, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the abduction, adding that efforts were being intensified to secure the release of the victims and arrest the abductors.
Recall that Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria was killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits after he was abducted in the north-central state in January 2021.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter.
The brutal killing of the priest sparked an outpouring of emotions by Catholic faithful in the state and beyond.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives may soon pass a Bill for Act, to permit Nigerians from the age of eighteen, to carry arms for self-defence.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.