Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Uromi in Edo State. The incident took place on Friday, February 14, 2020.
Meanwhile, the kidnapped priest has been identified as Fr. Nicholas Oboh.
The diocese confirmed the abduction of the priest by gunmen in a statement.
Also, the Chancellor of the diocese, Fr. Osi Odenore, spoke on the development to newsmen on Friday. Further, he disclosed that steps are being taken to ensure the kidnapped priest is released without harm.
“We are sure that he is alive, and since the incident; steps have been taken to ensure that Rev. Fr. Nicholas Oboh is released without any harm.”
Meanwhile, reports indicate that several children were also kidnapped at the same time by the gunmen.
The incident comes barely two weeks after the brutal killing of Michael Nnadi; one of four seminarians kidnapped in January. However, the three seminarians kidnapped alongside Michael Nnadi were released in the weeks following their kidnapping.
Nnadi, killed by gunmen who abducted him, was 18
In a statement issued on Saturday, February 1; Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese had mourned the deceased.
“With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son; Michael Nnadi was murdered by the bandits on a date we cannot confirm. He and the wife of a doctor were arbitrarily separated from the group and killed. The Rector identified the corpse this afternoon.”
Equally important, the deceased Michael Nnadi was 18 years old.
Also speaking at his funeral on Tuesday, February 11, Kukah lamented the ongoing persecution of Christians; as well as the increasing violence against clergymen. He urged Christians to become more politically alert.
“Christians must rise up and defend their faith with all the moral weapons they have. We must become more robust in presenting the values of Christianity especially our message of love and non-violence to a violent society. Among the wolves of the world, we must become more politically alert, wise as the serpent and humble as the dove.”