Resident Priest of Catholic Church Kidnapped again by Herdsmen. Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have kidnapped Rev. Fr. Jude Onyebadi from his farm on the Isele-Uku/Issele-Mkpetime Road in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Catholic priest, who was kidnapped on his farm about two years ago and released a few days after, has yet again fallen victim.
Fr. Onyebadi, who is the resident priest at the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Issele-Azagba, a neighboring village, was said to have been taken into the bush alongside three of his workers.
Our medium gathered that the four victims were kidnapped around 7pm on Saturday but the three workers were set free after five hours, while the priest was being held incommunicado.
Community sources told Punch correspondent that a search party organized by the family members, in conjunction with local vigilante groups, had not achieved the desired result.
He said, “The local government vigilante groups are still combing the bush as of Sunday afternoon to rescue the priest.
“Since Saturday night, the abductors have not established any contact with the family or the Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku to state their demands.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the abduction of the priest on Sunday.
“The command has already activated its rescue operation with the intention of freeing the cleric unhurt and possibly apprehending the culprits,” Onovwakpoyeya said.