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Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Priest And Seminarian In Enugu, Demand N50m Ransom

The Imo Catholic priest and seminarian were kidnapped on their way to Enugu.

Gunmen have kidnapped the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi, Fr Chinedu Nwadike, and a seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor, on their way to Enugu State.

Imo Catholic Priest, Seminarian Kidnapped In Enugu

According to Punch, the Imo catholic priest and seminarian were abducted on Friday along the Umunnochi-Ihube road by the Enugu-Okigwe road.

It was gathered on Sunday that their abductors had established contact with their families and demanded a ransom of N50 million.

A family source said, “Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Nwadike from Umuezeanoruo Eziama, Nkwerre LGA, Imo State, and a young seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor, were on Friday kidnapped on their way to Enugu State, Umunnochi axis, along Enugu-Okigwe Road.

“Both are members of the Holy Ghost congregation missionaries, living their lives of sacrifice and selflessness in service to a better society.”

“Both are members of the Holy Ghost Congregation missionaries, living their lives of sacrifice and selflessness in service to a better society. He is currently the deputy registrar of SUN (Spiritan University Nneochi).”

Another source said, “Fr Chinedu Nwadike was kidnapped Friday, August 12, 2022, at Nneochi area, shortly after driving out of the gate of his university, Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), on his way to Enugu.

“This is the second attempt to kidnap him in very recent time. In the first attempt, they shot directly at him but he managed to escape, but this time they succeeded and are said to be demanding a ransom of N50m. Curiously a military check point is located around the place.”

The priest’s younger brother, Chikezie, said that their family was praying for the self-return of his younger brother and the seminarian.

This comes a few weeks after another Catholic priest, Rev. Father John Mark Cheitnum was found dead after he was abducted by bandits in Kaduna State.

Tobias Sylvester

Tobias Sylvester is the news editor for Kanyi Daily News and is based in Lagos. Contact Tobias at editor@kanyidaily.com. Got a confidential tip? Submit it here

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