Kidnapped Edo Catholic priest escapes from abductors
It was celebration galore in the Catholic community yesterday as Reverend Father Isaac Agabi, who was abducted on Sunday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen regained his freedom from his abductors.
Fr. Agabi, who is the priest in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State, was kidnapped along Auchi-Igarra road at about 5:00p.m. while on his way back to the parish.
It was gathered that Fr. Agabi escaped from the kidnappers den in the early hours of Tuesday unhurt. The Director of Communication, Catholic Diocese of Auchi-Igarra, Fr. Peter Egielewa, confirmed his release to journalists in Benin.
Egielewa also confirmed that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the victim from his abductors. He disclosed that Fr. Agabi escaped from the kidnappers when his abductors slept off in the night.
“No ransom was paid. He actually escaped in the night when the kidnappers were asleep. He came out of the bush and was able to return home, no ransom was paid,” Egielewa said.
The Edo State police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, could not be reached for comment, as calls made to his mobile phone was not answered.
Meanwhile, leader of the kidnappers who abducted Reverend Agabi has been allegedly nabbed by youths of Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo local government area of the state.
The kidnapper, whose identity was yet to be known, was however said to be from Taraba State.
A local from Ikpeshi community who did not want his name in print, said the abductor was beaten to coma by the youths and is “facing the agony of slow death.”
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