Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Delta

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By Sylvester Idowu

The priest in charge of St. John’s Catholic Church, Obinomba in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State has been allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen.

The priest, simply identified as Rev. Fr. Harrison, was said to have been kidnapped at about 8p.m. on Monday night at a bad spot in Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.

“The Catholic priest was meandering a bad spot in Oria-Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state when he was returning to base from Warri in his Highlander Jeep.

“The kidnappers shot sporadically into the air to scare away passers-by at the scene of the operation to prevent possible resistance,” a source familiar with the incident, told THISDAY.

It was gathered that the abductors abandoned the cleric’s car at the scene of the incident as they whisked him away.

A member of the local vigilante group who spoke with journalists on the incident, said that even though they heard terrifying gunshots by the kidnappers, there was no way they could combat the hoodlums with their ‘shoot-and-run’ guns.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Edafe Bright, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) confirmed the abduction.

He said that crack police teams were on the trail of the abductors.