Police in Imo State have vowed to rescue the Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Marcel Izu Onyeocha who was abducted by suspected Fulani militia on Saturday at Ihube area in Okigwe Local Government Area of the State.
The Public Relations Officer of Imo State Command, SP Ikeokwu Orlando disclosed this in police bulletin on Sunday.
He said the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Nasiru Mohammed, has activated all the tactical teams of the Command, with a view to rescue the Priest who is of Mother Theresa of Golgotha Catholic Church and possibly arrest the culprits.
The police bulletin recalled that at about 7:45p.m on Saturday, one Bissong Isa Atugu told the police that while driving from Enugu to Owerri road with a Nissan Exterra sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) car in company of Reverend Onyeocha, the vehicle suddenly developed fault around Ihube in Okigwe Local Government Area of the State where they “stepped down and a group of people believed to be Fulani herdsmen emerged from the bush and attacked him with machete and abducted the Priest, Rev. Fr. Marcel Izu Onyeocha.
“Sequel to the above, the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Nasiru Mohammed, has activated all the tactical teams of the Command, with a view to rescue the Priest, and possibly arrest the culprits.
“He however calls for calm as the Command will do everything possible to ensure the rescue of the Priest”, the according to the bulletin.
On Monday last week, gunmen attacked the Nigeria police headquarters and the Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Oweri in Imo State where over 1500 prisoners were set free by the hoodlums, sparking vitriolic comments among Nigerians and the Government.