Two Abducted Delta Catholic Priests Regain Freedom
Rev. Fr. Raphael Ogigbah and Rev. Fr. Kunav Chochos, two Catholic Church priests kidnapped a few days ago by unknown gunmen at Agbarha-Otor town in Delta State’s Ughelli North Local Government Area, have been released.
Rev. Fr. Chochos, a missionary priest of the Schoenstartt Fathers, and Fr. Ogigbah, parish priest of St. Francis Catholic Parish Agbarha-Otor, Catholic Diocese of Warri, reportedly regained their freedom from the abductors on Thursday and have since reunited with the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Warri.
A priest in the diocese who confirmed the news to journalists declined to say whether a ransom was paid to secure their release.
It was learned that the kidnappers had previously demanded N20 million for their release.
Last Saturday, the two were kidnapped in front of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University in Agbarha-Otor, near Ughelli.
Chochos, who works and lives in Ibadan, Oyo State, was visiting his friend Ogigbah at Agbarha-Otor when he arrived in Delta.
Meanwhile, Anambra State Police Command has disproven the claim that a Catholic priest was kidnapped along Afor junction, Nnobi road in Anambra.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Anambra police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu said that command operatives had received information about an abandoned white Lexus jeep near Afor market junction, which they then returned to one of the state’s police bases.
“The Jeep’s owner presented proof of ownership at the station, and the vehicle was released to him.
“The victim claimed to have been abducted by unidentified men and robbed of his personal belongings prior to his release.
“The man who claimed to have been kidnapped and stripped of his possessions before being released is reportedly neither a Catholic priest nor a cleric,” read the statement.