Gunmen abduct Imo Catholic priest

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Marcel Izuchukwu Onyeocha, in Imo State.

Onyeocha, is a professor of Philosophy at Imo State University, Owerri.

The globally respected academician was kidnapped on Saturday night on Okigwe-Enugu Expressway, our correspondent learnt on Sunday.

He was on his way to Owerri from Enugu when the gunmen abducted him at the Ihube axis of the expressway, The PUNCH investigation revealed.

A source who does not want to be mentioned said that fear had engulfed the IMSU community and Owerri Catholic archdiocese, following the kidnap of the cleric.

“Rev Fr Marcel Izuchukwu Onyeocha has been kidnapped. He was Waylaid on the Okigwe-Enugu Expressway while coming back to Imo State from Enugu. He was actually kidnapped at the Ihube axis of the Road.

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“As I speak to you, fear has engulfed the IMSU community as well as the Owerri Catholic archdiocese faithful. Why will the priest be a victim of kidnap? Who did he offend? This is a man who has been reshaping lives and destinies as a don in IMSU. We pray he comes back unhurt,” the source said.

Our correspondent learnt that the kidnappers had yet to establish communications since the priest was abducted.

The priest hails from Avuru in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo state.

His kinsman, Jerry Ogu, confirmed his abduction to The PUNCH on Sunday.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of IMSU, Ralph Obi- Njoku, said that he had informed the Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Akah, and the university’s Chief Security Officer about the priest’s abduction.

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A Police Spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he had not been brief about Onyeocha’s kidnap.

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