Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Catholic priest kidnapped in Delta state, ransom of 20m was demanded from them!

I wonder how a parish priest of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church of  Issele-Azagba, Issele-Uku Diocese, Delta State, by name Rev. Fr. Jude Onyebadi was being kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen and they are demanding for 20million ransom for his release. According to Sun News,  Rev. Fr. Jude Onyebadi the renowned philanthropist and owner of one of the biggest commercial pineapple farms in the state was kidnapped last Friday, at his pineapple farm between Ubulu-Uku and Issele-Uku communities by three gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Delta state

The Rev. Father was pushed/dragged into the bush by the abductors. The kidnappers opened negotiations immediately after his arrest and started with a demand of N50 million but reduced it N20 million ransom after some calls has been made.

The Director of Communications of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Charles Uganwa confirmed the kidnap of his colleague and revealed that the church will never pay ransom to any kidnapper to free one of its own. He said the church doesn't encourage payment of ransom to criminals as that will only help increase the rate of crimes in the country, both as an individual.

As well speaking on the incident, Delta State Police Command spokesman, DSP Andrew Aniamaka has assured that the abducted cleric will be resolved soon and unhurt. He urged the church and all those connected with him to cooperate with security operatives. He also revealed that they are already closing in on the kidnappers that arrested the innocent, hardworking Parish Priest.

The director promised: “We are combing the bushes and very soon, he will be freed. I can assure you that we are monitoring the kidnappers who keep shifting from one location to the other, but no matter how they may try to hide, we must, and we will get them. We are not just going to rescue the victim, we will also ensure that the hoodlums are arrested and brought to book,” he vowed.

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