Another Catholic priest kidnapped, N5M ransom demanded by kidnappers

Sources say his abductors had made an initial contact with close relations of the priest, demanding N5 million ransom

Catholic priest during consecration

A Catholic priest in Imo state, Francis Ugoo Egbebu , has been abducted by some unknown men.

Rev. Fr. Egbebu is the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Umuola, Amaigbo, Nwangele local council area of Imo State and according to sources, was last seen driving out of the Parish on Monday morning.

Vanguard reports that although information concerning the exact location where the priest was picked up by the hoodlums isn't totally clear, sources say his abductors had made an initial contact with close relations of the priest, demanding N5 million ransom.

Rev. Fr. Egbebu, who is the first vicar of the parish, resumed duties on November 2014, when the young parish was created and inaugurated by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev, Dr. Augustine Ukwuoma.

Confirming the kidnap to newsmen, the Parish Council Chairman, Adolphus Ogbonna, said the parishioners are passing through serious anxiety and sorrow over the senseless abduction of their parish priest.

Engr. Ogbonna said, “We have heard the news of the kidnap of our parish priest. Some people say he was kidnapped around Owerri, while others claim he was kidnapped in our community".

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