A Catholic priest identified as Rev. Father Chinedu Nwadike has been kidnapped by bandits.

He was abducted at the Umunneochi council area (of Abia State) axis of the Enugu-Aba-Port-Harcourt expressway.

Sources say Nwadike is the deputy registrar of Spiritan University, Nneochi, and was abducted alongside a seminarian on their way to Enugu for an official assignment.

The kidnappers have made contact with the school authorities, demanding N50m ransom for his release, sources added.

“Reverend Father Nwadike was kidnapped a few minutes after he left the school for an official assignment in Enugu. He was kidnapped along the Okigwe-Enugu expressway in Umunneochi LGA. Now his abductors are demanding a ransom of N50m. We are pleading with them to release him unhurt because we don’t know where we can get such a huge amount they are demanding. The state and federal government should do something drastic about the security situation in Umunneochi. Everybody is afraid of travelling. People are being kidnapped daily, especially on the expressway with the security agencies watching,” a source said.

The cleric had escaped an earlier attempt to abduct him on the same road a few days before the bandits got him this time.


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