Edo State has death sentence as punishment for kidnapping but that does not seem to have totally discouraged kidnapping in the state.

The scriptures also warned that anointed men of God should not be touched, but that does not seem to deter kidnappers from committing the crime also.

A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Lawrence Adorolo, has been abducted in Edo State by gunmen.

The Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Most Reverend Gabriel Dunia, confirmed the abduction of the priest on Thursday.

While addressing reporters in Auchi in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Bishop Dunia said the priest was kidnapped along Auchi-Okpella highway on Wednesday evening.

“Reverend Father. Adorolo was on his way back from Auchi to his parish, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella, when he was abducted by unknown gunmen at the bad spot near Okpella at about 6.00pm on Wednesday evening,” he said.

The gunmen have contacted the church, asking for ransom.

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The bishop condemned the act, saying that the abductors committed an abominable act by keeping a priest who offers selfless service to God and humanity for ransom.

“The abductors have made contact with the church for ransom. The church does not pay ransom as it is not a profit-making organisation,” he said.

He wants security agencies to ensure unconditional release of the priest.

“The diocese is calling for an unconditional release of the priest. We are holding a mass for the unconditional release of the priest,” he said.

The abduction of Reverend Father Adorolo is coming weeks after a catholic priest abducted in Imo State was found dead. 

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