Two Catholic priests have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Ondo State.
Rev. Fr Joseph Nweke and Felix Efobi were kidnapped on Friday along Owo-Benin Road in Ose Local Council Area of the state.
The clergymen were from Awka Catholic Diocese in Anambra State and travelling for a wedding engagement when the incident occurred.
Rev Fr Leo Aregbesola, Director of Media and Communications of the Ondo Catholic Diocese, confirmed the abduction of the two priests on Sunday. Aregbesola explained that the Diocese had not been able to locate their whereabouts since they were abducted.
He said, “They left Awka on Friday and were coming to Akure for a wedding ceremony and since then nobody could tell where they are.”
Earlier, a member of the Ondo Diocese had confirmed the abduction of the two priests.
“The two priests were kidnapped around the Elegbeka area.
“I learnt the armed men stopped their vehicle on the road and pretended to be security agents.
“They disguised like they were doing a stop and search on the road before kidnapping them.”
Femi Joseph, spokesperson for the police in Ondo State, said the command was not aware of the kidnap incident.
Joseph said the Ose Divisional Police Station in charge of the jurisdiction had not been briefed.
He said, “I can’t confirm this as at now.”