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Gunmen kidnap catholic priest in Kogi

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Gunmen kidnap catholic priest in Kogi

Post by olatunji10 on Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:47 pm

Lokoja – The parish priest of St. Michael
Catholic Church , Obajana, Kogi, Rev. Fr. Leo
Michael, has been kidnapped by unknown
gunmen.
Gunmen hit police station in South Africa,
kill 5
Rev. Fr. Peter Adinoyi, the Diocesan
Chancellor, Lokoja Catholic Diocese,
confirmed the kidnap to newsmen in
Lokoja on Thursday.
He said that the priest was returning to Obajana
from Okene when he was kidnapped on a spot
at Irepeni village, Okene -Lokoja road.
According to him, the matter has been promptly
reported at the Irepeni Police State .
He added that the army and the Directorate of
the State Security (DSS), were also aware of the
development.
However, Adinoyi said that the kidnappers on
July 25 called some members of the church to
demand a N50 million ransom for the release of
their priest.
He said that the kidnappers later reduced the
ransom to N20 million and further reduced it to
eight million.
Adinoyi said that the kidnappers gave the church
up till 1:p.m. of July 26 to pay the ransom and
threatened to relocate the priest should the
church fail to meet the deadline.
He said that the church was unable to meet the
deadline for the payment of the ransom
demanded, calling on the security agents to
assist in rescuing the cleric from his abductors.
Adinoyi also decried the incessant kidnapping of
the less privileged in the state, describing the
situation as unfortunate.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police
command, DSP William Aya, said that he was
not aware of the incident and promised to find
out and call back.
However, he failed to call back as at the time of
this report. (NAN)

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