Coming few days after Killings of three policemen and kidnap of Director of Ogba Zoological Garden and Nature Park in Benin, Edo State capital, kidnappers struck yet again in the state, abducting a Catholic priest, Lawrence Adorolo.
The priest was said to have been kidnapped on Wednesday by unknown gunmen, along Auchi-Okpella-highway, in Edo State.
The Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Rev. Gabriel Dunia, disclosed this to journalists at a press conference held in Auchi, Etsako West local government area of Edo, Thursday.
Dunia who condemned the abduction of the cleric, added that the abductors committed an abominable act by keeping a priest, who offers selfless service to God and humanity, for ransom.
“Rev Adorolo was on his way back from Auchi to his parish at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella, when he was abducted by unkown gunmen at the bad spot near Okpella, at about 6 pm on Wednesday.
“The abductors have made contact with the church for ransom. The church does not pay ransome as it is not a profit making organisation,” he said.
“The Diocese is calling for an unconditional release of the priest. We are holding a mass for the unconditional release of the priest,” he said.
Edo State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, who also confirmed the abduction of the priest to journalists on phone. He disclosed that no arrest have been made so far.
He however said that more operatives of the Command have been diployed to the region to give back-to-back to the MOPOL Squad there.