Two Catholic Priests Abducted In Delta Regain Freedom


By Ovie Okpare

The two Catholic priests who were abducted at Agbarha-Otor town in Delta State by unknown gunmen have regained their freedom.

The priests – Rev. Fr. Raphael Ogigbah, parish priest of St. Francis Catholic Parish Agbarha-Otor, Catholic Diocese of Warri, and Rev. Fr. Kunav Chochos, a Missionary Priest of the Schoenstartt Fathers – were abducted Saturday night.

NIGER DELTA TODAY exclusively gathered that the priests were released at noon on Thursday from the hoodlums’ hideout.

A senior priest in the diocese confirmed the release of the abducted fathers to our correspondent when contacted on the development.

Our source said the kidnapped victims have been reunited with the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Warri.

It was not clear if ransom was paid to secure their release.

The abductors had earlier demanded N20 million as ransom for the release of the catholic priests.

Recall that Frs. Ogigbah and Chochos were kidnapped at the front of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

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Chochos, who works and lives in Ibadan, Oyo State, was in Delta to visit his friend, Fr Ogigbah, at Agbarha-Otor, the hometown of famous Ibru family.


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