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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has it that some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have reportedly abducted the priest in charge of St Michael’s Catholic Church parish in Umuekebi community in the Osuoweerre Autonomous Community in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Rev Fr Kingsley Eze.
A source who spoke to newsmen under anonymity stated that the priest and another man identified as Uchenna Newman, who drove the priest in a Volvo jeep were kidnapped at Orie ama junction around 8pm on Thursday night.
A parishioner who pleaded not to be mentioned said that the congregants were shocked by the abduction of the priest.
The source said ‘It is true. Our parish priest, Rev Fr Kingsley Eze popularly known as Father Ichie has been kidnapped. He was kidnapped alongside Mr Uchenna Newman, at Orie ama junction on Thursday at about 8pm.
‘They came out of the Volvo jeep to buy some items at the junction when they were kidnapped. They also robbed businessmen at the junction. This is so unfortunate. We sincerely pray for the safe return of our parish priest and Mr Uchenna.’
He said; ‘last night, around 8:30pm, a Rev Father and a driver were kidnapped at Orieama junction. Several other shops were robbed and destroyed by the kidnappers who operated on two motorcycles.’
The spokesperson for the police in the State, Henry Okoye, told that he was yet to receive a report on the incident. ‘I am yet to get a report about the incident.’