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Catholic priests’ abductors demand N100m ransom



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Gunmen who abducted two Catholic priests on Friday evening have demanded a N100 million ransom from the church before they release the victims.

The two priests – Rev. Fr. Joseph Nweke and Rev. Fr. Felix Efobi – from Awka Catholic Diocese were reportedly kidnapped along the Benin-Owo Expressway in Elegbeka area of Ondo State while going for a wedding in Akure, the state capital.

The Director of Media and Communications, Ondo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Leo Aregbesola, disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Sunday.

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He said: “I was told from their parish today that the abductors have contacted the church and they were demanding a ransom of N100m. That is the latest for now. They have not been released.”

Speaking on the development, the spokesman for the state police command, Femi Joseph, said the state commissioner of police had ordered the men of the command to go after the hoodlums.

He said: “We have deployed our men to go after the bandits. In this type of operation, we are being very careful because we want a situation that the victims would be rescued unhurt. So we are working on it.”

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