Catholic Priest Kidnapped In Anambra State

Gunmen have kidnapped Reverend Father Christian Ike, a Catholic priest based in Anambra State.

Father Ike was reportedly abducted on Sunday at Amagu Junction, Ndiokpaleke in the Ajali community of Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

While the motive for the kidnapping remains unclear, eyewitnesses stated that the priest, along with two other individuals, was returning from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when their vehicle was intercepted by the assailants.

The source said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Michael Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command has heard about the incident and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets for his possible rescue unhurt.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

He added that further development shall be communicated as it unfolds.


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