Gunmen abduct Catholic priest, seminarian, demand N50m ransom

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A Catholic priest, Rev Fr Chinedu Nwadike, has been abducted on Umunnochi-Ihube road by Enugu-Okigwe road.

Nwadike, who is the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), was abducted alongside a seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor, on Friday.

“Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Nwadike, (Cssp), from Umuezeanoruo Eziama, Nkwerre LGA, Imo State and a young Seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor (Pre Postulant), were on Friday, 12th August, 2022 kidnapped on their way to Enugu State, Umunnochi area, along Enugu-Okigwe Road.

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“Both are members of the Holy Ghost Congregation missionaries, living their lives of sacrifice and selflessness in service to a better society.

“He is currently the deputy registrar of SUN (Spiritan University Nneochi),” The Punch quoted a family source as saying on Sunday.

It was learnt that the priest was abducted shortly after driving out of the gate of the institution on his way to Enugu.

“This is the second attempt to kidnap him in very recent time.

“In the first attempt, they shot directly at him but he managed to escape, but this time they succeeded and are said to be demanding a ransom of N50m. Curiously a military check point is located around the place,” another source said.

The Imo State Police Command spokesman, Micheal Abattam, could not be reached for comments on Sunday.

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