Residents of Issele-Mkpitime in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State have been thrown into mourning following the alleged kidnap of an Anglican priest, Revd Anthony Oyi by suspected Fulani herders in his farm.
THE DAILY VENDOR correspondent gathered that the priest, who hails from Issele-Mkpitime, had gone with his family to the farm where he was alleged to have been abducted on Saturday morning.
It was also learnt that the reverend’s wife, children and one other man, who accompanied them, were also said to have been abducted.
But the abductors released the wife and children after three hours, asking her to go look for money to pay ransom for her husband’s release.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the kidnap, adding that the police had waded into the incident. He said police had started combing the bush to rescue them.
He stated, “Yes, the command has been alerted and we immediately sent officers to comb the bush. Our men are already in the bush to rescue the victims.”
Meanwhile, vigilance group in Issele-Uku and Issele-Mkpitime had been alerted and a search party dispatched into the bush to rescue the victims unhurt.