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Fear as gunmen enter city, kidnap Catholic Bishop in Imo
Fear grips residents as gunmen begin criminal activities within the city of Imo state, kidnapped Moses Chikwe, the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese.
Based on a report, the victim was said to have been whisked away around the World Bank area of Owerri, the state capital.
The Bishop was abducted on the evening of Sunday together with his private driver whose identity was not disclosed.
automobile and official regalia have been later discovered close to the Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri.
An announcement released by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria stated that Mr. Victor Obinna, the Archbishop of the Diocese, confirmed the ugly incident.
The assertion signed by Zacharia Sanjumi, the Secretary-General of the Secretariat, urged the church to pray for the safe return of the cleric.
Scannews24 learned there had never been any official reports of any correspondence with the abductors. as at the time of compiling this report.
The sad news of his kidnapping is coming closely a week after the kidnap of another priest, Valentine Ezeagu within the state.
Ezeagu, inline with reports was taken away by unknown gunmen on 15 December, while on his way to carry out the burial of his late father.
The cleric who is a member of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy (SMMM), congregation, Umuahia, was later regained freedom from his abductors.
Orlando Ikeokwu, who is the police spokesperson, confirmed the latest incident in Imo.
He stated no official complaint had been lodged at any of the police formations within the state.
He, nonetheless, noted that Isaac Akinmoyede, the state commissioner of police, had deployed the force’s tactical units to rescue the kidnapped bishop.
He stated that the commissioner has sent the anti-kidnapping and Quick Intervention Units of the command to make sure the fast release of the victims.