Gunmen run riot in Anambra

..Kidnap Catholic Priest, one other
…We’ve activated intelligence for rescue— Police


From Emmanuel Uzor, Awka

Gunmen have kidnapped the Parish Priest of Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church in Ajalli, Orumba North local government area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Christian Ike, alongside one other person in an early morning attack.

Daily Sun reports that the Catholic Priest was reportedly whisked away with another parishioner, Mr. Ogbonnia Aneke, on Sunday around, around 10 a.m.

The Diocese of Ekwulobia confirmed the abduction in a letter from Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Nwankwo, calling for prayers for the safe release of the kidnapped individuals.

“Dear Brothers and Sisters, please pray for the release of Rev. Fr. Christian Ike and Mr. Ogbonnia Aneke, who were kidnapped this morning around 9:45 a.m. as they were returning from Mass in an outstation of St. Matthew’s Parish, Ajalli, Orumba North L.G.A,” the church statement read.

Reacting to the development, the Anambra Police Command spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, said they’ve “received the information of the abduction of Rev. Fr. Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.”

“Eyewitness account revealed that by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended Morning Service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its Intelligence and Operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the Priest.”

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