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Catholic priest kidnapped in Akwa

By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—A catholic priest in charge of St. Michael De Archangel Parish, Ikot Ekpene Diocese, Akwa Ibom State, Rev. Father Felix Akpan, has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

Rev. Fr. Akpan, who is a teacher at Top Faith International School, Mkpatak in Essien Udim Local Government Area, according to a reliable source, was kidnapped on Monday along Abak-Ukanafun Road, while returning from school.

The source said the gunmen dragged him out of his SUV and whisked him away in their own car.

The source disclosed that the abductors have already made contacts with the parish, demanding N20 million ransom for his release.

According to the source, “it was when the priests serving in the area met on Wednesday that I overhead them say that the kidnappers are asking for N20 million before they will release the parish priest.

“But so many policemen and other security agencies are in Ukanafun as we speak, combing the whole area in search of the hoodlums. That is the situation now.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Donald Awunah, who confirmed the incident when contacted, said a crack team of police detectives has been deployed to ensure the priest is release unharmed.

He added that some suspects, who took custody of the vehicle, have been arrested.



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