Imo Catholic priest regains freedom


Imo State Catholic priest, Father Marcel Izu-Onyeocha, has regained freedom from his abductors after spending one day in captivity.

His release was confirmed in a short statement issued by the Owerri provincial secretary of Claretian Missionaries, Rev. Fr. Matthew Iwuagwu on Monday.

Iwuagwu disclosed that Fr. Onyeocha was dropped off at the Ihube Community in Okigwe council area of the state in the early hours of Monday.

According to the Imo state police command, Onyeocha was kidnapped by a group of persons suspected to be herdsmen,

He was kidnapped on Saturday evening along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road at Ihube community in Okigwe council area of the state when he was returning from Enugu to Owerri.

“With grateful hearts we wish to thank the Almighty God for the release of Fr. Izu Marcel Onyeocha from the den of the kidnappers.

“The Provincial Superior has spoken with him. He is in a stable condition.

“We wish to thank the Priests at St Mary Cathedral Okigwe for their care and hospitality.

“We also thank the security operatives for their assistance.

“We appreciate everyone who stormed heaven with prayers. God is ever faithful and He answered us,” Iwuagwu’s statement read.


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