Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest, 4 children in Edo

Heavily armed men have kidnapped a Priest of the Uromi Catholic Arch Diocese, Rev Father Nicholas Oboh, in Benin, the Edo State capital. The cleric was kidnapped by suspected gunmen in the early hours of yesterday and taken to an unknown location. Similarly, four children of same family from Umelu community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area were abducted by armed robbers, after they had robbed residents of the area.

Chancellor Uromi diocese, Rev Father Osi Odenore, in a statement posted on his facebook page said that Rev Father Oboh was abducted yesterday (on Valentine’s Day) He was, however, not specific on the particular location where the abduction took place.

Odenore called for prayers for the release of Father Oboh. The cleric said: “We are sure he is alive, and since the incident, steps have be taken to ensure that Rev Father Nicholas Oboh is release without no harm.”

Saturday Telegraph learnt that armed robbers had robbed residents of Umuelu community and took four children along with them. Sources in the area said one of the abducted children had been released after the parents paid the sum of N2 million while the sources said other parents have opned negotiations with the abductors. Confirming, the state’s Police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said yesterday he had not been briefed on the incidents.

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