Catholic priest, Azubuike, 3 others regain freedom from abductors in Ebonyi


Very Rev Fr Joseph Azubuike, a Catholic priest and three others who were recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Monday, have regained freedom from their abductors.

Recall that Azubuike, a parish priest of St Charles in Mgbaleke Isu in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State and three others were kidnapped on their way back home from pastoral duties.

The release of the abducted priest and three others was contained in a statement signed by the Diocesan Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Rev Fr Matthew Uzoma Opoke and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki.

The statement reads in part: “We are glad to inform you that Fr. Joseph Azubuike, together with the three, have regained freedom from their abductors. It is a thing of joy that God answered our prayers and gazetted the unconditional release of His servant in a very remarkable way.

“We are grateful to those who swung into action on hearing the ugly news of his abduction together with the three others.

“We are grateful to the governor, Francis Nwifuru, for his determination and concern for the safety of those who were abducted.

“We commend the efforts of the security agencies and youths of Isu community,” it stated.

Earlier, in a reaction, the Spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police Command, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed that the security agencies swung into action when the news of the abduction of the clergymen was reported to the command.

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