Two Reverend Fathers connected to St. Theresa’s Parish, Umueze Anam in Anambra West native authorities space of Anambra State, who have been kidnapped on the Christmas Eve on their approach to an official operate in Onitsha, regained their freedom yesterday after 4 days within the kidnappers’ den.
The victims, Rev Fr Peter Nwachukwu, the parish priest of St Theresa’s Parish, Umueze-Anam and Rev Fr Cajetan Apeh, the assistant parish priest, had since reunited with their households, in line with a press release by the Anambra State police command.
Police patrol crew connected to Otuocha Division had earlier recovered a light-weight gray Toyota Corolla Automotive with registration quantity FST 689 FL belonging to one of many Reverend Fathers, which was deserted by the abductors at Nneyi- Umueri highway.
For 4 days the whereabouts of the clergy males have been unknown, leading to an anxiousness in lots of components of the state, particularly because the incidence of kidnapping had decreased within the state for some years.
Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mohammed Haruna stated yesterday that Police particular groups comprising the Federal Particular Anti Theft Squad, FSARS, Police Cell Power, PMF, and Counter Terrorism Particular Anti Cult unit, at the side of different safety companies and the Anambra State Vigilante group, had mounted an intensive search, which led to their rescue.
He stated that following the joint operations for the reason that incident happened and with assistance from a contemporary expertise and aerial surveillance because of troublesome terrain within the space, the abductors have been pressured to desert their victims at about 6:45pm on 27/12/2018
Though he didn’t state the place the victims have been rescued, the PPRO stated that efforts have been being intensified to apprehend perpetrators of the heinous crime as a way to convey them to justice.
He stated the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar had used the chance of the rescue of the Reverend Fathers to reassure Anambra folks of their security in the course of the yuletide interval and past. “The CP additional warned all legal parts that Anambra will not be a spot to function as they may absolutely meet their waterloo and be handled decisively in accordance with the legislation,” the PPRO stated.