Insecurity: Gunmen Kidnap Catholic Bishop, Driver In Imo


Gunmen in Imo State have abducted the Catholic Auxiliary Archbishop of Owerri, Moses Chikwe.

The abduction reportedly took place at about 8 pm on Sunday, December 27, along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The victim is expected to take over from the diocesan archbishop, A.J.V Obinna, when he retires in 2021.

Chikwe was kidnapped along with his driver in his car.

The victim’s car was later on found in front of the archdiocesan headquarters in Owerri.

In a  statement signed by Secretary-General of the Secretariat, Zacharia Sanjumi,  said the Archbishop of the Diocese, Victor Obinna, confirmed the kidnap, while calling for prayers for the kidnapped bishop.

Orlando Ikeokwu, police PRO, in Imo said he had not received any official complaint on the incident.

However, according to him, the state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, has detailed tactical units of the command to bring back the Catholic bishop from his captors.

The incident comes barely a week after the kidnap in the state of another Catholic cleric, Valentine Ezeagu.

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