Gunmen abduct Catholic Reverend Father, 3 others in Ebonyi state

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A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Azubuike and three other persons whose names could not be immediately ascertained, have been abducted by gunmen in Ebonyi State.

Azubuike was abducted yesterday in Isu, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State close to his residence in the area while returning from pastoral duties.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya could not speak on the matter at the time of filing this report.

But, the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki in the state announced Azubuike’s abduction in a statement by the Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Uzoma Opoke, titled: “Call for prayers.”

According to the statement, “Fr. Joseph is the Parish Priest of St. Charles Parish, Mgbalaeze Isu in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

“He was abducted alongside three other people. The abductors are making financial demands but with your prayers, we are going to have them back unconditionally.


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