Reverend Father kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State


Another Catholic Church Priest, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, has been kidnapped by gunmen along the Auchi-Okpella highway in Edo State., Owojela’s Blog reports.

Punch has it that Fr. Adorolo, the Priest in charge of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Iddo II,  Auchi Diocese, was abducted by the hoodlums on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, on his way from Auchi to the parish.
Confirming the abduction of the man of God at a press conference, the Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Most. Rev Gabriel Dunia, said Fr. Adorolo was kidnapped at a bad spot on the road at about 6 pm.
“Rev. Fr. Adorolo was on his way back from Auchi to his parish, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella, when he was abducted by unknown gunmen at the bad spot near Okpella at about 6.00 pm on Wednesday evening.
The abductors have made contact with the church for ransom. The church does not pay ransom as it is not a profit-making organization.
The diocese is calling for an unconditional release of the priest. We are holding a mass for the unconditional release of the priest,” Most Rev. Dunia said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], DSP Moses Nkombe who also confirmed the incident,  said that operatives have been deployed to the region with the mandate to rescue the kidnapped Priest as well as apprehend the culprits behind the dastardly act.

This is not the first time men of the robe have suffered the indignity of being kidnapped by criminal elements in the country. Just last week, a Priest who was abducted and murdered in Imo State was laid to rest amidst tears by many Nigerians who have continued to wonder why men of God would be targets of kidnappers in the country.
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