Kidnapped Catholic Priest rescued in Otukpo

Kidnapped Catholic Priest rescued in Otukpo

The Catholic Priest of Otukpo Diocese, in Benue State, Rev. Fr. Anthony Adikwu, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen has been released.

The Daily Vendor reports that some gunmen stormed Ajegbe Awume in Ohimini Local Government Area of the state around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, and went straight to St. Margaret’s parish, from where the priest was whisked away.

It was however gathered that men of the Operation Zenda unit were deployed to track down the suspected kidnappers and were able to rescue the Catholic priest on Tuesday.

Confirming the release of the priest, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, SP Catherine Anene, said the priest was rescued on Tuesday.

The command spokesperson said that after getting a tip-off on Friday morning, the command immediately swung into action and deployed men to the area.

Anene said, “Our team has been in that place for some time chasing after them. It was the pressure mounted on the kidnappers by our team that made them eventually release him.

“They released him out of pressure.”

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