Abducted Edo Catholic priest released, minister’s brother still in custody
The Parish Priest of St. Benedict Church, Iddo 2, Okpella of Auchi Diocese, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo who was abducted on Wednesday has been released.
Adorolowa abducted along Auchi-Okene highway at about 6pm while returning from Igarra in Akoko-Edo local government area where he attended the ‘Month Mind’ of the oldest Priest of the Auchi Diocese, late Fr. Lawrence Balogun at St. John Apostolic Church, Igarra.
He was said to have been sighted about 10pm yesterday in a community 5km from Auchi, headquarters of Estako West local government area. He was said to have told the people that he trekked for long hours from where his abductors dumped him.
A Priest in Auchi Diocese, Fr. Peter Egielewa, said they were happy that Fr. Adorolo was released unhurt without payment of ransom.
Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, confirmed the release and said the police was on the trail of the kidnappers.
But the Managing Director of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Oredo local government area, Dr. Andy Ehanire, who was abducted last week Sunday is yet to be released.
Andy is a brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
The Guardian gathered yesterday that his abductors have contacted the family and that their target is to use him to get money from the minister of state for health, Osagie Ehanire who is his elder brother and Lt Gen Theophilus Damjuma who is his in law and Senator Daisy Danjuma who is his sister. But the police public relations officer, Moses Nkombe said there is no contact yet with the family.
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