Sunday, 8 May 2016

Benue Security Council Demands Rescue of Abducted Priest

Barely two weeks after the vicar general  of Otukpo Catholic Diocese in Benue State, Rev Father John Adeyi was abducted, the Benue State Security has become worried and has ordered that relevant security agencies in the state to ensure the rescue of the priest immediately.



This came just as a cultural group of the Idoma nation, the Opiatoha K’ Idoma declared today (Sunday) as national prayer day for the release of the catholic cleric. The secretary-general of the group, Adoka Adaji urged all Idoma sons and daughters, home and abroad, to pray in their various churches and seek the hand of God for freedom of the kidnapped priest.

Recall that Father Adeyi was kidnapped by unknown abductors in Otukpa, the headquarters of Ogbadibo LGA of the state. The kidnappers had allegedly demanded N25 million ransom to be paid by the victim’s family and the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo.

Although the police in the state under the leadership of CP Paul Yakadi had quickly claimed that “the command was on top of the situation” with relentless efforts of investigations into the matter.

However, speaking to journalists at the end of the council’s meeting at  the Benue People”s House, Governor Samuel Ortom faulted the efforts of  security agencies on the issue, saying the operatives have tried to secure Father Adeyi’s release but that they have to do more to rescue him.

Ortom stated that the council was seriously concerned over frequent cases of abduction  in the state in recent times and  noted that Adeyi’s case has worsened the security situation because he has not been released.

By Solomon Ayado




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