Two Catholic priests, Reverend Fathers Franklyn Odiaka and Moses Nwaonwochei, have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Obior in Aniocha North local government area of Delta State.
Odiaka, who is the Parish Priest of Catholic Church of Assumption (Zappa Parish), Asaba, was alleged to have been kidnapped on Friday evening along with another priest, Nwaonwochei, whose parish was yet to be known as at press time.
They were said to be returning from a ceremony in honour of the Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr) Michael Elue.
Although details of the kidnap were still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, anxious parishioners of Assumption Catholic Church were yesterday seen around the church in clusters, discussing the development in hush tunes while they equally organised joint prayers, seeking for God’s divine intervention for their early release.
Nobody was willing to divulge information as they were said to be preparing for a marathon prayers against the abductors of the fiery charismatic priest, Fr Odiaka.
The kidnap is coming barely two weeks after hoodlums allegedly broke into the church and removed undisclosed huge amount of money from the parish treasury.
Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Celestina Kalu, while confirming the kidnap of the Catholic priests, told Nigerian Pilot Saturday that information about the situation was still sketchy.
Meanwhile, Kalu has confirmed the arrest of five students of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, for allegedly raping a female student of the institution.
According to her, the police received “information that a girl was heard crying in an uncompleted building in a bush around the railway line, Abraka.
“Consequently, patrol team was despatched to the scene and arrested one Chukwudi Ejiede ‘m’, 22yrs, Emeka Otulugbuke ‘m’, 21yrs, Ogbem Danul ‘m’, 20yrs, Winifred Eyefian ‘f’, 22yrs and Ziya George ‘f’, 21yrs, all students of Delta State University, Abraka.”
She added that another female student of the institution (names withheld) “was met being raped as part of the initiation proceeding into Viqueen secret cult and was also arrested.”

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