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Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Edo

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A Catholic priest, Reverend Father Isaac Agubi, was on Sunday abducted by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen along Auchi-Igarra road in Edo State. Father Agabi is the priest in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State.

It was gathered that the cleric was abducted at about 5:00p.m. while on his way back to his parish. As at the time of filling this report, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar DanMallam, could not be reached for comments.

The Edo Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the report. He said the cleric was abducted by gunmen who took him away in his Toyota Corolla with registration number SMK 252 FC.

Nwanbuzor said police operatives and vigilance group members are already on the trail of the kidnappers to ensure the unconditional release and rescue of the victim.

Again, suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday evening attacked Janibanibu village on the outskirts of Jalingo, forcing residents to flee. The gunmen who invaded the village located about one kilometre south-west of Jalingo, the state capital shoot indiscriminately into the air.

The gunshots, which were followed by billowing smoke, lasted for about 25 minutes before soldiers and other security agencies engaged the attackers and repelled them.

Meanwhile, a lecturer of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi and four others who were kidnapped in Edo central, have regained their freedom. The victims were kidnapped by River Ose bridge, along Ifon-Uzeba-Kabo road, near Owan West local government area of the state.They were, however, released after a ransom of over N600,000 was allegedly paid by their relatives. Sources said the victims spent four days in the bush before they were released by their abductors.


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