Gunmen abduct Catholic priest in Anambra

An Anambra state-based priest of the Catholic Church, Reverend Father Christian Ike, was abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday, June 17. 

 

Ike was said to have been taken away by the gunmen along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

Residents of the area said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the vehicle he was moving in, was double-crossed by the assailants and he was whisked away.

 

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command has heard about the incident and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets for his possible rescue unhurt.

 

“Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

Eyewitness accounts revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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