Reverend Father Christopher Ogaga, the parish priest of Emmanuel Catholic Church in Aragba, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State has been kidnapped.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Muhammad Mustapha, confirmed the kidnap to Channels Television on Monday.
According to him, the priest was abducted on Saturday along Arava-Oviri-Orere-Okpe Road while travelling to another parish in Warri.
The clergyman was said to have left Aghalopke for Warri to help the parish priest of Mother of Redeemer Catholic Church, Airport Junction, Effurun for the three masses on Sunday morning when he was kidnapped.
He is also the Principal of St. Peters Clavers College, in Aghalokpe area of the state.
The police commissioner said operatives of the Command had begun a search to ensure the safe return of the priest.
A Makurdi High Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced two persons to death by hanging for kidnapping and killing a former Vicar-General of Otukpo Catholic Diocese, Reverend Father John Alexander Adeyi.
The court says the convicts conspired and kidnapped Reverend Father Adeiyi, on April 26th, 2016 and took him to Okungaga forest in Okpokwu area of the state where they demanded N2 million and eventually killed him after collecting a ransom of N1.5 million.
The trial judge, Justice Andover Kakaan, said three guns including two pistols and a Dane-gun as well as charms were recovered from the convicts in the forest where they committed the crime.
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Justice Kakaan disclosed that one of the two convicts in his extra-judicial statement which was tendered in court admitted that he bought the pistol for the purpose of committing armed robbery and kidnapping.
Justice Kakaan while delivering his judgement advised youths to desist from criminal act and engage in useful ventures instead of engaging in unlawful activities as those who engage in such acts will face the wrath of the law.
The Rev. Father Emmanuel Akingbade of St. Benedict Catholic Church Ido Ekiti, who was abducted by unknown gunmen last week, has just been released.
Bishop Ajakaye, who spoke with newsmen, confirmed that he was contacted by the abductors to pay the sum of 200 million Naira for his release
He added that they did not pay a kobo for his release, although all religious leaders in the state have been praying for the safe release of Rev. Akingbade
The Police Commissioner, Ekiti State Command, who spoke on telephone, said that three arrests have been made.
So far, journalists have not been allowed to see the victim.
The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 20 teenagers in Iperu and Sagamu communities located in Ikenne and Sagamu Local Government Areas of the state, during an initiation process into ‘Eye’ confraternity, a secret cult.
The teenagers were paraded by the State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, at the state police headquarters.
Others paraded included a middle aged trainee Reverend Father, Ndubuisi Ignasius, who allegedly robbed a man of N3.7 million at Agbara area of the state.
Mr Ikemefuna Okoyo assured residents of the state of adequate security of life and property but challenged them to give useful information to the police on hideouts of criminals, in order to reduce crime rates in the state.