Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Priest, Seminarian Near Checkpoint, Demand N50m

Mary Ugwuanyi

Father Chinedu Nwadike, the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University, Nneochi, has been abducted by gunmen.

The Catholic priest was abducted on Friday along the Enugu-Okigwe road alongside a seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor.

Punch reports that their abductors are demanding N50m ransom for their release.

A family source said, “Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Nwadike from Umuezeanoruo Eziama, Nkwerre LGA, Imo State, and a young seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor, were on Friday kidnapped on their way to Enugu State, Umunnochi axis, along Enugu-Okigwe Road.

“Both are members of the Holy Ghost congregation missionaries, living their lives of sacrifice and selflessness in service to a better society.”

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According to another source, the incident marked the second time the priest would be attacked by gunmen.

The source said, “In the first attempt, they shot directly at him but he managed to escape. This time, they succeeded and are said to be demanding a ransom of N50m. Curiously, a military checkpoint is around the place.”

The incident was also confirmed by the Director, Catholic Communication, Enugu Catholic Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi.

Fr. Achi simply said, “Yes, Father was kidnapped.”

Source: Punch

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