Kidnappers release Imo Catholic priest


The kidnapped Imo State Catholic priest, Rev. Prof. Izu Marcel Onyeocha has recovered freedom.

The priest’s release was contained in a brief statement issued from the Owerri provincial secretary of Claretian Missionaries, Rev. Fr.

Also, the spokesman of the state police command, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the release.

The cleric is a professor of Philosophy at the Imo State University, is a priest at the Chairman of Claretian Missionaries.

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Onyeocha was kidnapped by a group of men suspected to become herdsmen, according to the state police command.

He was kidnapped on Saturday evening across the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road at the Ihube community at the Okigwe council area of the country when he was returning from Enugu to Owerri.

Speaking with The Country, Fr. Iwuagwu disclosed that Fr. Onyeocha was dropped off at the Ihube Community in the Okigwe council area of the state in the early wee hours of Monday.

He said the kidnappers apparently became frustrated that nobody was willing to pay ransom for the launch of the priest and quickly released him.




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