The Police Commissioner in Imo, Nassiru Mohammed, says he has activated tactical units of the command to rescue Rev. Marcel Onyeocha and arrest his kidnappers. He spoke as details of the kidnapped reverend father was taken while travelling along the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway came to light.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported that he was kidnapped on Sunday morning along the road.
The police commissioner, in a statement issued on Sunday by the command’s Spokesman, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, called for calm, assuring that the priest would be rescued.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onyeocha, of Mother Theresa of Goldgotha Catholic Church, World Bank, Owerri was kidnapped around Ihube in Okigwe Local Government Area of the state on April 10.
How Kidnapped Reverend Father Was Taken
The statement read: “One Bissong Atugu reported that on April10, at about 7:45 pm., while driving from Enugu to Owerri with a Nissan Exterra SUV, in company with one Rev. Fr. Marcel Onyeocha, the vehicle developed fault around Ihube in Okigwe LGA.
“As they step down to check the vehicle, a group of people, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, emerged from the bush and inflicted injuries on him, while the priest was kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination.
“Sequel to the above, the CP has activated all the tactical teams of the command, with a view to rescuing the priest and possibly arresting the culprits,” he said in pushing his determination to rescue the kidnapped reverend father.
He assured that the command would do everything possible to ensure the rescue of the priest.
News of the fate of the kidnapped reverend father came on the day that all five governors of the Southeast met in Owerri and resolved to set up a joint security outfit to be known as Ebube Agu.
Giving reason for hosting the meeting of the governors and the initiative, Governor Hope Uzodinma made reference to the recent security breaches in the Southeast and the conspiracy theories that have shadowed the developments.