Catholic Priest Kidnapped by Suspected Herdsmen in Imo State


The Imo State Police command has said that a group of herdsmen may be responsible for the kidnap of a catholic priest, Izu Marcel Onyeocha, when his car became faulty at Ihube in Okigwe LGA.

The command’s spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu has released a statement to this effect, according to Sahara Reporters. He stated that one Bissong Isa Atugu who was in the car as at the time the priest was kidnapped has revealed how the incident happened. 

According to Atugu, some persons whom he assumed to be herdsmen stormed out from the bush and cut him with machete at the point their car broke down. Meanwhile, the priest was taken hostage to a destination that is unknown to them.

The victim is a native of the Avuru Community in Ikeduru council area of the state. He is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at the Imo State University.

The statement read: “On the 11/04/21, one Bissong Isa Atugu, m, reported that on the 10/03/21, at about 7:45 pm, while driving from Enugu to Owerri with a Nissan Exterra SUV, in the company with one Rev FR. Marcel Izu Onyeocha of Mother Theresa of Golgotha Catholic Church, World Bank Owerri, the vehicle developed a fault around Ihube in Okigwe LGA.

‘’And as they stepped down to check the vehicle, a group of people believed to be herdsmen emerged from the bush and inflicted matchete cut injuries on him while the priest was kidnapped and taken to an 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 rescuing the priest, and possibly arresting the culprits.

“He however calls for calm as the Command will do everything possible to ensure the rescue of the priest.”

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