A priest with Okigwe Catholic Diocese in Imo State, Rev Fr Jude Maduka, has been kidnapped.
NewsBits learnt that the priest was kidnapped on Sunday morning while preparing for the Sunday’s eucharistic mass celebration. Rev. Fr. Maduka is the Parish priest of Christ the King Catholic parish Ezinachi/ Ugwuago in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.
One of the colleagues of the victim, who confirmed his kidnap to our correspondent said that the diocesan leadership had been informed about the kidnap of the priest.
A Catholic faithful who does not want to be mentioned because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the matter said that the kidnap of the priest had unsettled the parish and the diocese.
“It is true. Rev Fr Jude Maduka of Okigwe diocese was kidnapped this morning. He is the parish priest of Christ the King Catholic Church at Ezinachi/ Ugwuago in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.
“He was kidnapped while preparing for the Sunday Mass. I don’t know why they are targeting Catholic priests. It hasn’t been long they kidnapped the Catholic priest of St Paul’s Catholic Paris Osu in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area located in the same Okigwe Catholic diocese.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, said that he had yet to be briefed on kidnap incident.