Rev. Fr Christopher Odia's Abduction: One killed, another burnt alive as one remains in police detention

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Though Edo people mourn the death of the Parish Priest who was senselessly killed by unidentified kidnappers, the youths took their pound of flesh as the kidnappers lost three of their members, report says.

Edo Police reacted to the murder of Paris Priest Rev. Fr Christopher Odia who was killed by his abductors on Sunday afternoon.

The Priest's remains was found around Ikhabigbo forest in Etsako West around 4pm, after vigilantes and the the police tactical team, Jattu Division operatives combed the area.

Rev. Fr Odia was kidnapped in his rectory while coming out to officiate Sunday mass on 26 June, 2022.

The police said its officers came in contact with the dareldevil kidnappers as the team exchanged gunfire, killing one of the kidnappers while other gang members fled with various degrees of gun wounds.

Standard Gazette gathered that one of the farmers, identified as Mr Nurudeen was also shot dead during the gun exchange.

Intensive bush combing is ongoing towards  ensuring that those who escaped are arrested and made to face justice. 

Meanwhile, contrary to police report, unconfirmed report says that local youths nabbed two suspected kidnappers after one of the gang members was killed.

Of the two, angry mobs burnt one alive and the police arrived in time to rescue the other suspect.

Edo state Commissioner of Police ,CP Abutu Yaro has commiserated with the Catholic community in Edo state and Nigeria as he urged the general public to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses as security strategy has been put in place to ensure the arrest of the fleeing gang members. 

CP Abutu Yaro further encouraged Edo state people  not to relent in providing the police  with prompt and useful information.

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