- His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria and two other priests have been freed by their abductors
- The Police Public Relations Officer, Abia state command, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the release of the victims
- However, Ogbonna noted that he could not give details as to whether a ransom was paid to secure the release of the kidnapped victims or not
Samuel Kanu-Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria and two other priests have been freed by their abductors.
The police spokesman in Abia, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed their release to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Monday.
Asked if they paid any ransom, Mr Ogbonna said, “I can only confirm to you that they have been freed this evening. I don’t have the details for now.”
Recall that the abductors had demanded a sum N100 million as ransom for the Prelate, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s Chaplain, Very Rev. Shitti.
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They were abducted on Sunday while they were on their way from a programme in Umunneochi local government Area of Abia.
This is contained in a statement signed by the council secretary, Mr Peter Uba.
The statement read:
“The chairman joyfully wish to announce the release of His Eminence, Dr. SCK Uche JP, the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria and his entourage from their abductors.
“This was confirmed by the Lay President Methodist Church Nigeria, Sir Ifeanyi Okechukwu.
“The prelate is currently in a church giving praises to God. Details coming soon."
Adeboye visits Hope Uzodimma, assures him of divine intervention over security challenges
Meanwhile, Imo governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Friday, May 27 received the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the Government House, Owerri.
Pastor Adeboye in his address to the governor revealed that the problem of Nigeria today is beyond human comprehension and assured that God’s intervention is real and inevitable.
He said his team and members have been fasting and praying for the restitution of the land for days but that God directed him to visit the places and lands across Nigeria where the forces of darkness were enveloping light, hence the visit to Imo for a prayer session.