Kidnapped Catholic Priests Freed in Edo

The two Catholic priests abducted on Saturday along the Benin- Auchi road in Edo State by a criminal gang suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have regained their freedom.

Rev. Father Udo Peter of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Uromi, and Rev. Father Philemon Oboh of St Joseph Retreat Centre, Ugboha, were said to have been rescued in the early hours of Wednesday and were taken to the Edo State Government House, Benin, where they were received by the Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu.

Chief Press Secretary to the Acting Governor, Musa Ebomhiana, who explained that the rescue operation was carried out by a joint security force, stated that no ransom was paid.

According to him, “I can confirm that the clerics have been released and they were brought to the Government House where they were received by the Acting Governor who was elated to see them.

“He commended the security operatives for the rescue operation and urged them to keep up the good job and rid the state of criminals”

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