In what seems to be a new trend, gunmen have kidnapped yet another Catholic Priest, this time, in Benue State.
The priest identified as Rev. Fr. Peter Yakubu Amodu, according to sources, was abducted at about 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6, along Otukpo/Ugbokolo highway.
Through a circular signed by Rev. Fr Joseph Itodo, the Diocesan Chancellor, the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo confirmed the kidnap of the priest.
“We write to notify you of the kidnap of Rev. Pr. Peter Amodu, a priest of the Holy’ Ghost Congregation who is working in the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo as Parish Priest of Holy Ghost Parish, Eke-Olengbeche,” the circular read.
“The sad incident occurred today, July 6, 2022, at about 5.00 pm along Otukpo – Ugbokolo Road, Benue State, while he was on his way to celebrate the Holy Mass at Okwungaga-Ughbokolo.
“The Local Ordinary, Most Rev. Michael Ekwoyi Apochi, has called on all Christ’s Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and beyond to earnestly pray for his quick and safe release as we intensify efforts to ensure his release.
“We commend our brother and all those in the kidnappers’ den to the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for their speedy and safe release from the hands of their abductors.
“When contacted, the spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, SP Catherine Anene, said she had yet to receive the report”.