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Identity of those who kidnapped Imo catholic priest revealed

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(UPDATED) Alleged freed Imo monarch, community divided, no report on kidnap ― PoliceBy Chinonso Alozie

The Imo state police command on Sunday, confirmed that suspected Fulani herdsmen, were behind the kidnap of a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Marcel Izu Onyeocha, around Ihube in Okigwe local government area of Imo state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO,  Orlando Ikeokwo, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri.

According to the police, the Catholic priest was kidnapped when his car developed fault at Ihube in Okigwe LGA.

The police narrated: “On the 11/04/21, one Bissong Isa Atugu “m”, reported that on the 10/03/21, at about 7:45pm ,while driving from Enugu to Owerri with a Nissan  Exterra SUV, in company of one REV. FR. Marcel Izu Onyeocha of Mother theresa of Golgotha Catholic Church, World Bank Owerri, the vehicle developed fault around  Ihube in Okigwe LGA, and as they step down to check the vehicle, a group  of  people believed to  be Fulani  herdsmen emerged from the  bush and inflicted matchet cut injuries on him, while the priest was  kidnapped  and taken to  unknown destination.

“Sequel to the above, the Commissioner of police Imo State , CP Nasiru Mohammed,  has activated  all the tactical  teams of the Command, with a view to rescue  the priest, and possibly arrest the culprits. He however calls for calm as the Command will do everything possible  to ensure  the rescue of  the priest.”

It should be recalled that Vanguard had reported that, “Few months after, auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Bishop Moses Chikwe, was kidnapped and released by his captors, another catholic priest and a lecturer with Imo state University, IMSU, Reverend Father, Izu Marcell Onyeocha, has been kidnapped by suspected hoodlums.

Vanguard gathered in Owerri, that the incident happened around 08:15 pm, at Ihube community in Okigwe local government area of Imo state.

A close source who confirmed it to Vanguard, said that Reverend Onyeocha, is a Claretian priest. He claimed that the Catholic priest was on his way from Owerri to Enugu state, when the suspected hoodlums struck at night.

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