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Bishop decries rising ills, seeks release of Catholic cleric, nuns


Felix-AjakayeThe Catholic Bishop of Ekiti diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has bemoaned the rampant cases of kidnapping and other social vices in the country, describing the development as unpalatable.

The clergy, who spoke yesterday via a statement in Ado Ekiti over the recent abduction of the Vicar General of Diocese of Otukpo, Benue State, Rev. Father John Adeyi and two Sisters with St Louis parish, Perpetua Apo and Bukola Familade as well as their driver, Mr. Zwugwa Zibai.

While the Parish Priest of St Bernard Catholic Church, Okpoka, Okpokwu Local Council of Benue State, Father Adeyi, was kidnapped on the highway since Sunday April 24 when returning from a liturgical trip where he had gone to celebrate an outstation mass, the nuns and their driver were, on the other hand, were captured at Kajola, along the Ore-Lagos Road while returning to Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State from Kaduna where they had gone for a programme.

The reverend sisters were said to be fixing their faulty vehicle when their captors swooped on them and drove them away leaving behind the broken down vehicle.

Bishop Ajakaye has, however, appealed to government and security agents to ensure their timely release.

“These unfortunate incidents are not palatable at all. Indeed, apart from the two described stories of abduction, there are still other cases pending, both known and unknown. I humbly appeal to all sincere and purposeful Nigerians, within and outside government, and genuine friends of Nigeria to fashion out practical and lasting solutions to this spate of abductions.

“We must stop chasing the shadows. Really, whenever somebody is abducted, it is sickening to hear state governors prepare to give millions of naira to anybody or group with any information on the whereabouts of the abducted. Let such governors look inwards and do the needful,” he charged.

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