Catholic Bishop Kidnapped In Owerri

The Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Moses Chikwe has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Monday 28th December.

Punch reported that the bishop was kidnapped alongside his driver at the World Bank area of Owerri, the state capital.
According to the reports, the bishop and his driver was abducted by the gunmen and taken to an unknown destination.

Hours later, it was learnt that the vehicle of the kidnapped cleric was found in front of the archdiocesan headquarters in Owerri.

Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state Ikeokwu said though no official complaint had been reported at any of the police formations in the state, the state commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, had activated the tactical units of the command to rescue the kidnapped bishop.

He said the CP had ordered the anti-kidnapping and Quick Intervention Units of the command to ensure the quick release of the victims.

Mr. Chikwe was ordained a Bishop on December 12th, 2019. Before he was appointed an Auxillary bishop by Pope Francis, he served as a collaborator of the Parish of St. Thomas More and the Director of Education of the Archdiocese.

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