4 Kidnapped Catholic Priests In Delta Regain Freedom
Four Catholic priests, who were abducted on November 6 by unknown persons in Delta State, have regained their freedom.
The Nigeria Police Force, Delta Command, confirmed their release on Saturday.
They were rescued near Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the State, the Police Commissioner in the state, Muhammad Mustafa, said.
According to him the priests were rescued on Friday evening at an undisclosed location.
The victims were: Reverend Fathers Victor Adigboluja of the Ijebu Ode Diocese; Anthony Otegbola, Abeokuta Diocese; Joseph Ediae, Benin Archdiocese; and Emmanuel Obadjere, Warri Diocese.
They were said to have been on their way to the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele-Ekpoma in Edo on November 6 when they were kidnapped.
The police boss, who earlier said that one of the suspects had been apprehended in connection with the crime, also hinted reporters that the police command was trailing the others.
He gave the assurance that the other suspects would be arrested and prosecuted.
"They were rescued on Friday and we are on the trail of the other suspects.
"We do not encourage ransom, so no ransom was paid," Mustafa said.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted a source as saying that the priests were taken to Benin City for medical attention immediately they regained their freedom.
According to the source the priests were escorted to Benin City by the joint police and military team that rescued them.
The captors had earlier demanded for 4 million million as ransom to effect their release.
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