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The Police Command in Imo State disclosed that it has put mechanisms in motion which have heightened efforts to rescue the abducted Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Mathias Opara, kidnapped along Ejemekwuru/Izombe Road by unknown gunmen.
Rev. Fr. Mathias Opara was abducted on Friday by unknown persons after performing funeral rites for the father of one of his colleagues in Izombe community, Oguta LGA.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that the priest who is the Man of Order and Discipline of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri was allegedly double-crossed while returning to Owerri, the state’s capital.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Henry Okoye, who reacted to the abduction of the cleric to newsmen on Sunday in Owerri, promised that the command would do its best to rescue the priest.
Okoye said the command was on the trail of the abductors, adding that the aim was to release the priest unhurt and to reunite him with the diocese as soon as possible.
His words, ‘The Operatives of the Command’s Tactical team have been marshalled out for possible rescue of the kidnapped Priest and apprehension of his abductors right from the day he was kidnapped.
‘They are currently on undercover operations. We do not need to always announce to these criminals that we are coming after them, it makes it difficult for us to get to them at times. Criminals listen and react to the news too !!
‘Members of the public should be patient while we investigate and take adequate necessary actions in this case pls.’