Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest, six others in Enugu

A Catholic Priest, Rev. Father M. Okide of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu and six other travellers, have reportedly been kidnapped in Enugu.

The incident happened on Sunday evening between 4.30 pm and 5pm along Eke-Affa-Egede Road in Udi Local Government Area of the State.

It was learnt that the kidnappers have already made telephone contacts with relatives of the victims, demanding N100 million as ransom before the Catholic Priest and other captives could be released.

It was gathered that the kidnappers had left the children of the victims inside their car crying helplessly before police operatives arrived the scene to evacuate them.

The police command is yet to react to the incident but operatives of Udi Police Division are already combing the area with a view to securing the release of the Catholic Priest and other victims.

The Nation reports that a day before the incident, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers killed a man popularly known as Sunday Nwa Ugwuja, along Edem-Nrobo-Ezikolo-Abbi Road in Uzo Uwani Local government area. 

He was on his way to Nsukka when the incident happened and was confirmed dead at the Bishop Shanaham Hospital, Nsukka due excessive loss of blood.

Many others also escaped the attack.

Also, on same Friday, along the Enugu- Ugwuogo Nike-Nsukka Road, a gang of kidnappers were said to have successfully blocked the road and whisked away men, women, especially students into the bush. 

One of the victims, is Obiora Omeye, an undergraduate from Eha-Alumona community in Nsukka Local Government Area of the state and they are still being held captive by their captors.

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