Catholic Bishop Kidnapped In Owerri

Gunmen have abducted the Catholic Auxiliary Archbishop of Owerri, Moses Chikwe. The incident occurred about 8 pm Sunday, December 27, along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The cleric was said  to have been kidnapped alongside his driver in his official car.

In a statement, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, said the cleric was abducted along Site and Services in New Owerri. He urged the faithful to join in prayers for the bishop’s speedy release.

Daily Sun reports that police spokesman for Imo state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the report and said the police got wind of the incident via social media. He affirmed that the incident actually happened on Sunday evening.

He said the Imo State Police Commissioner, Isaac Akinmoyede, has already set a process in motion to arrest the culprits.

“The Commissioner of Police has activated the Command’s Quick Intervention Team (QUIT) and the Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU), to move into the matter with a view to rescue the Bishop and possibly arrest the hoodlums,” Ikeokwu said.

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