Troops foil kidnap of Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese

Troops foil kidnap of Bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese

Troops conducting Exercise Golden Dawn under Sector 3 have foiled an attempted kidnap and robbery of Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at the Orlu Diocesan Catholic Secretariat at Orlu in Imo.

This was disclosed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Specifically, Nwachukwu said that troops in response to a distress call at about 2:30am on Sunday, swiftly moved to the scene; forcing the assailants to take to their heels. He said the Bishop, his Secretary and Assistant Secretary were safe and unhurt.

Further, Nwachukwu said the Nigerian Army troops would continue to deny freedom of action to members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN); as well as other criminal gangs in the South West. He added that the troops had remained resolute in ensuring the coming election in Anambra was safely conducted; as well as the yuletide season.

“Members of the public are advised to report suspicious movement of criminals; as well as hideouts of the outlawed IPOB/ESN to law enforcement agencies…The group is only out to intimidate, steal and kidnap law-abiding citizens for ransom,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu on Sunday, October 31, explained that his mission to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for visiting him in London.

Tinubu made this call during a press briefing at the State House, Abuja; while noting that any discussion with the President was not a matter for the public.

Buhari, who was billed to leave Abuja for the United Kingdom (UK) last night to participate in the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), returned to Abuja on Friday after a five-day working visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Responding to questions after the meeting; Tinubu said he was at the State House to thank the President for visiting him in London after his surgery; noting that it was a mark of exceptional leadership.

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