Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Delta, demand N20m ransom

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have abducted a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Agwameseh, along Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Agwameseh, who is the parish priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Issele-Mkpitime, was said to have been abducted on Saturday while returning from Onicha-Olona when the kidnappers ambushed his car.

It was learnt that he went to Onicha-Olona to produce Sunday’s Church bulletin for his parish.

The Director of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku in Delta State, Rev. Fr Charles Uganwa, who confirmed the abduction, said the hoodlums have established contact with some parishioners, demanding N20 million ransom to free the abducted priest.

“The priest was returning to his base at Issele-Mkpitime when he was attacked by Fulani herdsmen and whisked away to an unknown location.

“He was returning from Onicha-Olona where he had gone to produced last Sunday’s Church bulletin for his parish when the kidnappers ambushed his car,” he added.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who also confirmed the abduction of the priest on Monday, said the command was intensifying efforts for his release.

She said, “Yes, it is true that the catholic priest was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday, but we are making efforts to ensure his freedom.”

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