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Another Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Benue

Benue State Governor Ortom

Two days after the Catholic Bishops protested incessant killings of persons in the country, another Catholic Priest, Reverend Father David Echioda of Otukpo Catholic Diocese in Benue state, has been reportedly kidnapped by bandits.

Father Echioda was reportedly whisked away on Sunday along  Allan Akpa community of Otukpo Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state.

Report said Father Schioda met his captors on his way from Utonkon in Ado LGA of the state, where he had gone on missionary assignment.

 A source said the Priest, who was working with Minor Seminary Ochobo in Ohimini LGA of the state, ran into the gunmen, who seized his phones and also took him in his car to an unknown destination.

“After waylaying him, they collected all his phones and immediately smashed them. “One okada rider, who ran into the scene was forced to follow them, but he jumped into the bush and escaped.

“It was he that broke the news at the Bishop House in Otukpo and as I speak with you, the kidnappers are yet to open contact with anyone.

When contacted, the Director of Information, Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, Father John Okopopu, confirmed the development.

“It is true, the Father Echioda had gone to a parish that Sunday and on his way back at Alla-Akpa road, he ran into some men, who kidnapped him.

“Unfortunately, the people are yet to contact his family or anyone”, Father Okopopu said.

The Benue state Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, (DS) Catherine Anene, confirmed the abduction of the priest.

It would be recalled that the Vicar General of the Diocese and priest in charge of St. Bernard Catholic Church Ugwu, Okpoga, in Okpokwu LGA of the state, Father John Adeyi was four years ago kidnapped in a similar situation and later murdered by his abductors.

Gunmen Invade Kano Community, Kill Two

Meanwhile, gunmen have reportedly killed two persons at Galawa community in Bagwai Local Government Area of Kano state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abdullahi Kiyawa, told reporters that the attackers stormed the community at 10:30 pm, shooting sporadically to scare away residents.

Kiyawa said the gunmen shot three people, who were rushed to Bichi hospital, but two of them died, while the other was receiving treatment.

Residents identified the victims as Muhammed Sani, a health worker attached to the local primary health care facility and a daughter of a politician, Balaraba Sani .

The police said the hoodlums took to their heels following prompt response from their personnel working in the local government area.

The commissioner of police in the state, Habu Sani, according to Kiyaw, had deployed more personnel to go after the fleeing criminals, the police said.

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