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Kidnapped Catholic priest freed

Rev Fr Mathias Opara, the Catholic priest kidnapped in Imo last Friday, has regained freedom. According to Daily Post, it was reported that the priest was released unhurt on Sunday night.

Recall that after attending the burial rituals for the father of one of his colleagues at Izombe Community in the Oguta LGA, the priest identified as Owu Ujo, was abducted along Ejemekwuru-Ogbaku Road in Oguta and Mbaitoli Local Government Areas of Imo State.

The priest is in charge of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri’s Man of Order and Discipline and was traveling back to Owerri at the time.

A source close to the Archbishop of the archdiocese told our correspondent on Sunday that the priest was released on Sunday night.

He said that the Archbishop personally confirmed to him that the priest was released by his abductors on Sunday night.

Our correspondent recalls that just two weeks ago, the Catholic priest in charge of Christ the King Catholic Church at Ezinachi/Ugwuago in the Okigwe Local Government Area of the state, Jude Maduka, was kidnapped.

Also, the Catholic priest in charge of St Paul’s parish in Osu in the Isiala Mbano LGA, Rev Fr. Micheal Asomugha, was kidnapped.

In other news – Angry youths set Lagos police post ablaze

Angry youths in the early hours of Monday invaded a police post located on Olayiwola Close, in the Oregun area of Ikeja, Lagos State, set it ablaze, and injured a policeman on duty.

As of the time of filing this report, the motivation behind the attack could not be ascertained but our correspondent gathered that the policeman, who sustained an injury in the head, was rushed to the emergency center at the toll gate along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway for prompt treatment. Learn More

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