Catholic priest kidnapped in Edo

BENIN—THE Catholic community in Edo State was, Monday, thrown into confusion as Rev. Father Sylvester Chukwura,  a priest at St Bernard’s Catholic Church, Eguaholo, Orhionmwon Local Government Area, was abducted by 10 gunmen.

According to two officials of the parish, Rev. Fr. Chukwura was abducted from his residence at the parish by the gunmen.

Vanguard learnt that the gunmen entered the Rev. Father’s house about 1am after they had broken the main gate.

The church officials said despite the Rev. Father’s shouts for help, no one came to his rescue.

It was gathered that following the news of the kidnap, Archbishop of Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, was said to have called an emergency meeting of the Curia (Diocese kitchen cabinet).

When contacted, Vicar-General of Benin Diocese, Fr. Augustine Ehigie and the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Ejiroro Awara, confirmed the kidnap.

Police spokesman said the Police were investigating the incident and making effort to secure the release of Rev. Fr. Chukwura.

-Latest Breaking News, Nigeria (Edo State)

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By Gabriel Enogholase

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