Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Delta State, N10m Ransom Demanded
Reverend Father Joseph Oghenekevwe Ojakorotu, a Catholic priest in charge of the St Patricks Catholic Church, Eku, Ethiope-East local government area of Delta state, has been abducted.
The victim was reportedly kidnapped along the Sapele-Eku road in Sapele as he was returning from a journey to Eku on Friday, according to a report by The Punch.
The gunmen were said to have dragged the Catholic priest out of his car to an unknown location
The report said the abductors are demanding for N10 million as ransom for the priest.
Some of the parishioners reportedly confirmed the incident and said it happened along the bad portion of the road which has become a spot for kidnappers.
“The kidnappers are demanding a N10 million ransom for his release. He was whisked away from his vehicle yesterday (Friday).
"The kidnappers allegedly established contact with some of the parishioners insisting the N10m must be paid before he will be released,” a member of the church reportedly said.
Confirming the abduction, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force in Delta stat, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said efforts are on to rescue the victim.
“I can assure you that we shall not let these criminals succeed in the state. We have already dispatched our operatives to the area to ensure that the Catholic Father is rescued unhurt.
“We shall surely also arrest the perpetrators to face the law. Crime doesn’t thrive in Delta,” he said.