A catholic Priest has been kidnapped by gunmen on Friday on the Enugu- Okiqwe Road.
The priest who is the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University, Nneochi, Fr Chinedu Nwadike was kidnapped alongside a seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor.
According to source the abductors had established contact with their relations and demanded a ransom of N50m.
A family source said;
“Rev. Fr. Dr. Chinedu Nwadike from Umuezeanoruo Eziama, Nkwerre LGA, Imo State, and a young seminarian, Emmanuel Nwafor, were on Friday kidnapped on their way to Enugu State, Umunnochi axis, along Enugu-Okigwe Road.
Both are members of the Holy Ghost congregation missionaries, living their lives of sacrifice and selflessness in service to a better society.”
“In the first attempt, they shot directly at him but he managed to escape. This time, they succeeded and are said to be demanding a ransom of N50m. Curiously, a military checkpoint is around the place,” the source added.
The priest’s younger brother, Chikezie, said the family was praying for the safe return of his younger brother and the seminarian.
The Director, Catholic Communication, Enugu Catholic Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, confirmed the incident.
He didn’t give many details but confirmed the kidnap. He said; “Yes, father was kidnapped.”
The spokesperson for the police in Imo state, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry concerning the incident.