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Shaibu’s Order For The Rescue of Abducted Priests Yields Results

Rv. Frs Luigi Brena, Udo Peter, Philemon Oboh released.


By Omo Ighodalo, Benin-City

The marching order handed down to security agencies by Edo State Acting Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, for the rescue of two Catholic Priests recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen, has yielded positive results as the two Priests have been rescued unhurt by security operatives.

The Priests, Rev. Fr. Udo Peter of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Uromi and Rev. Fr. Philemon Oboh of St. Joseph Retreat Center, Ugboha in Esan South East were abducted along the Benin-Auchi Expressway, between Ehor and Iruekpen. The Italian, Rev Fr. Luigi Brena of Somascan Father’s Community was abducted along Siloko Iguobazuwa Road. He was released last Sunday.

Against the backdrop of the upsurge in kidnapping in the State, the Acting Governor, after series of meetings with security stakeholders, declared Government’s resolve to rejig its security architecture. Shaibu, who was obviously furious gave security chiefs the marching order for release of the abducted Priests.

After the series of meetings with the stakeholders, Shaibu had also assured Edo people and residents that ” we will not back down on our massive and aggressive war declared on common criminals and enemies of the people who have brought unrest into our State”, he noted.

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