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Kidnapping: Owerri Bishop, Chikwe released without ransom, says Police
Moses Chikwe, the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri who was abducted a Sunday ago, has regained freedom from his abductors.
The Imo State Police Command in a briefing yesterday said no ransom was paid for Chikwe’s release from the captors.
Orlando Ikeokwu, the State Police Public Relations Officer, divulged this to journalists in Owerri, in a brief statement declaring the discharge of the bishop.
He added that the rescue of the Catholic bishop was made possible by what he referred to as a “sting operation” executed by the police, adding that the Chikwe was liberated unharmed alongside his driver and various victims.
Based on Orlando, “Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese and others, released unhurt, without ransom, the sequel to a sting operation by the men of the Imo State Police Command.”
It could be recalled that Bishop Chikwe, was abducted last Sunday, around New Owerri and had stayed approximately six days in the hands of his kidnappers.
Ever since he was kidnapped, condemnation followed as much as internationally with Pope Francis, during his new year statement called for the Bishop’s release from the hands of his criminals.
While in Imo state, Catholic women organization, organized a peaceful rally to the Imo state government house, calling on governor Hope Uzodimma, to quicken action for the release of the missing Bishop.
Similarly, Christians across denominations additionally joined in prayers for God’s intervention for the discharge of Bishop Chikwe.