Barely 72 hours after gunmen abducted a Divisional Crime Officer in Umunneochi Abia state, bandits kidnapped a Catholic priest in Abia.
The Catholic priest, identified as Reverend Father Chinedu Nwadike was kidnapped by bandits along the Okigwe – Enugu expressway in Umunneochi council area of Abia State.
NigeriaCrime.com heard that Nwadike who is also the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi was abducted alongside a seminarian on their way to Enugu for an official assignment.
The kidnappers who made contact with the school demanded 50 million naira ransom for his release.
According to an administrative staff of Spiritan University Nneochi (names withheld) “Reverend Father Nwadike was kidnapped a few minutes after he left the school for an official assignment in Enugu. He was kidnapped along the Okigwe –Enugu expressway in Umunneochi LGA. Now his abductors are demanding a ransom of N50m.
We are pleading with them to release him unhurt because we don’t know where we can get such a huge amount they are demanding. The state and the federal government should do something drastic about the security situation in Umunneochi, everybody is afraid of traveling. People are being kidnapped daily, especially on the expressway with the security agencies watching,” he lamented.
NigeriaCrime.com gathered that Reverend Father Nwadike had escaped an earlier attempt to abduct him on the same road, a few days before the incident.
Recall that NigeriaCrime.com reported that a Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, Isuochi Police station in Umunneochi council area of Abia State, simply identified as DSP Dickson was kidnapped by gunmen.
The policeman was said to have been abducted in broad daylight three days ago, Thursday, August 10, in the area while other policemen escaped by whiskers in the attack.