Catholic Church Vows Not To Pay Ransom To Free Priest
In a firm stance against kidnapping and ransom paying, the Catholic Church has said it will not pay ransom to abductors of the Parish Priest of St. Benedict Church, Iddo 2, Okpella, Delta State Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adorolo.
Adorolo was kidnapped along Auchi-Okpella Highway on Wednesday evening by unknown gunmen.
It was gathered that the abductors immediately contacted some of his worshippers and demanded an undisclosed ransom.
But Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Bishop Gabriel Dunia, in response to the demand of the abductors, said the church will not pay a dime for the release of Adorolo.
Addressing journalists, Dunia wondered the offence of God’s servant and why Adorolo would be abducted.
He lamented that the whereabouts of the cleric were still unknown since he was abducted on Wednesday.
The bishop condemned the incident; pointing out that the abductors committed an abominable act by keeping a priest, who offers selfless service to God and humanity, for ransom.
He said: “The abductors have made contact with the church for ransom. The church does not pay ransom as it is not a profit making organisation."
"We call on security agencies to ensure the release of the priest."
He also urged the priest’s captors to release him unconditionally and with immediate effect.
“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.