Eight million Naira is what kidnappers of a Catholic priest in Kogi State are demanding for for him to regain his freedom.

The ransom had been cut down from 50 million Naira earlier requested for to 20 million Naira and then to eight million Naira. 

The parish priest of St. Michael Catholic Church, Obajana, Kogi, Reverend Father Leo Michael, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Another Catholic priest, Reverend Father Peter Adinoyi, who is the Diocesan Chancellor, Lokoja Catholic Diocese, confirmed the kidnap to reporters in Lokoja on Thursday.

He said that the priest was returning to Obajana from Okene when he was kidnapped on a spot at Irepeni village, Okene -Lokoja road.

According to him, the matter has been promptly reported at the Irepeni Police State.

The army and the Directorate of the State Security (DSS), were also aware of the development, he said.

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However, Adinoyi said that the kidnappers on July 25 called some members of the church to demand a 50 million Naira ransom for the release of their priest. 

Adinoyi said that the kidnappers gave the church up till 1:p.m. of July 26 to pay the ransom and threatened to relocate the priest should the church fail to meet the deadline.

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He said that the church was unable to meet the deadline for the payment of the ransom demanded, calling on the security agents to assist in rescuing the cleric from his abductors.

Adinoyi also decried the incessant kidnapping of the less privileged in the state, describing the situation as unfortunate.

The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP William Aya, said that he was not aware of the incident and promised to find out and call back.

However, he failed to call back as at the time of this report. 

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