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Abductors of Two Catholic Priests in Ondo Demand N100m Ransom

The abductors of two Catholic Priests in Ondo State, have contacted the catholic church, forty eight hours after the abduction, and demanded N100 million as ransom before their release.

The two priests, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nweke and Rev. Fr. Felix Efobi from Awka Catholic Diocese, Anambra state were said to have been kidnapped on the Benin-Owo Expressway at the Elegbeka area of Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, on their way to Akure, the state capital, for a wedding on Friday evening.

Speaking with newsmen, the Director of Media and Communications of the Ondo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Leo Aregbesola, confirmed that the abductors had called and demanded for the N100 million as ransom.

He said, “I was told from their parish today that the abductors have contacted the church and they were demanding a ransom of N100m. That is the latest development for now. They have not been released.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Mr Femi Joseph, said the state commissioner of police had ordered the men of the command to go after the hoodlums. He said, “We have moved-in our men to go after the bandits. In this type of operation, we are being very careful because we want a situation that the victims would be rescued unhurt. So we are working on it.”

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