Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have abducted a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Agwameseh, along Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Agwameseh, who is the parish priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Issele-Mkpitime, was said to have been abducted on Saturday while returning from Onicha-Olona when the kidnappers ambushed his car.
The Director of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku in Delta State, Rev. Fr Charles Uganwa, who confirmed the abduction, said the hoodlums have established contact with some parishioners, demanding N20 million ransom to free the abducted priest.
“The priest was returning to his base at Issele-Mkpitime when he was attacked by Fulani herdsmen and whisked away to an unknown location.
“He was returning from Onicha-Olona where he had gone to produce last Sunday’s Church bulletin for his parish when the kidnappers ambushed his car,” he added.
The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who also confirmed the abduction of the priest on Monday, said the command was intensifying efforts for his release.
She said, “Yes, it is true that the catholic priest was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday, but we are making efforts to ensure his freedom.”
The despondency of Christians and other citizens over these lucid and frequent kidnappings of clergy men which is predictably backed up by demands of ridiculous amounts of ransom has gotten to a boiling point. Security outfits have had very minimal impact on the general public, in line with curbing these callous acts that have suddenly taken an ugly twist within the nation.