Abducted Catholic Priest regains freedom in Delta

A Catholic priest, who was abducted on Wednesday in Delta State, has regained his freedom.

A report by Channels Television said Reverend Father Andrew Anah, the parish priest of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Obomkpa, was abducted by gunmen along the Obomkpa/Issele-Uku Road and that it was the second time he would be abducted in less than 12 months.

The Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, Andew Aniamaka, who the report says confirmed that the priest had regained his freedom, said the police would ensure that the culprits are apprehended.

It was gathered that Father Anah was first kidnapped in August 2017 along the same road and was released after an undisclosed sum was allegedly paid.

The latest development however, comes about 48 hours after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa decried the rising activities of kidnappers in the state. The governor reportedly lamented about the crime in the state while addressing some traditional rulers in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

"The Obomkpa/Ukwu-Nzu and now Olona axis of Aniocha North have been terrorized by kidnappers for some time now. Apart from the priest, several others have been abducted in the area," the Channels report revealed.

A managing director for a construction company, the Chairman of the Aniocha North Traditional Rulers’ committee, Obi Sunday Olisenweoku and the monarch of Ogodo Community are among those abducted there in recent months, the report concluded.
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