Two Catholic Priests abducted in Edo State as attacks on clergymen increase

The report reaching The Gazette is that two Catholic Priests have been abducted.

Rev. Fr Udo of St. Patrick's Catholic church, Uromi in Esan North-East local government area and Rev Fr Philomon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Centre Ugboha in Esan South East local government area are the latest victims of the increasing insecurity in the state.

Standard Gazette gathered that the duo were kidnapped along Benin-Auchi road on their way to Uromi from Benin City, Edo State.

Rev. Fr Udo and Fr Philomon Oboh
Rev. Fr Udo and Fr Philomon Oboh abducted

They had attended a program in Benin City on Saturday, 2 July 2022 and were returning to base when their vehicle rammed into some unknown gunmen who violently intercepted their car.

According to the report gathered by SG, the suspected gunmen fired several warning shots into the air forcing the car conveying the two priests to stop.

The vicious gunmen forced the priests into the bush, and at press time, the kidnappers are yet to contact the church and family for negotiation.

Edo state police command is yet to make a statement on the incident.

Rev. Fr Udo and Fr Philomon Oboh are the latest victims of what seems to be a targeted abduction in the state.

Barely two weeks ago, a Parish Priest of St. Michael Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, was kidnapped at about 6.30 am in his rectory while coming out for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.

On the afternoon of 20 June 2022, the same day he was abducted, the priest was found shot dead in a nearby forest.

Though the Edo State Police command assured that the gang members were being hunted down, two other priests have been abducted.

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