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A Catholic priest whose name was given as Rev. Father Cyril Okafor who was abducted by kidnappers on Tuesday has been rescued by the Umueri community vigilante team in Anambra State, The Eastern Updates has gathered.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the priest was rescued in Umueri.
He was earlier abducted at the Holy Ghost Adoration Centre, Igboukwu, Anambra state,
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the President General of Umueri community, Amb Chief Johnny Chukwudi Metchie, the catholic priest was rescued at about 4 am Wednesday by the vigilante team which intercepted the kidnappers.
The statement said the clergyman who is currently with the Police at Otuocha Police Station was whisked to Enugu and then to Nteje by the kidnappers before he was finally dumped in an abandoned house in Umueri.
Metchie warned criminal elements to stay away from Umueri and the entire Omambala region, stressing that the joint task force in place would always fish them out for the law to handle.
He further pleaded with members of the community and its environs to remain vigilant and work with local security to ensure that crimes are reduced in the area.
‘While investigation is going on, we beg everyone to be alert and report any suspicious person to the vigilante group. Get to know your neighbour and be worried when you see an unknown face in any abandoned or uncompleted building,’ he added.
The Eastern Updates reports that the wave of kidnapping in Anambra State had taken a different turn in recent times.