Gunmen kidnap 2 priests along Benin-Auchi road, amidst #EndSARS protest

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Kidnappers have abducted two Catholic priests, Reverend Frs. Otori Francis, and Avajara Simeon, who are both of the Catholic Diocese of Lokoja.

Newsmen gathered the clerics were taken hostage along the Benin-Auchi road in Edo State while they were on their way to Delta State for the funeral of their parishioner.

The development came amidst the hijack of the EndSARS protest by suspected hoodlums in the State. The hoodlums have been on a rampage since last Friday, touching private properties and dispossessing victims of their valuables.

A colleague of the kidnapped priests, Reverend Fr. Kevin Osalumhense Anetor who broke the news to Catholic faithfuls via his social media accounts on Sunday, lamented the incessant hostage taken of Rev. Fathers.

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Father Anetor said: “Please join us in prayers for two Nigerian Catholic Priests who were kidnapped in Edo State on their way to Delta State for the funeral of their parishioner.

“Do share widely until our security operatives wake up to their responsibilities.

“Too many Catholic priests have been Kidnapped in Edo State in the past couple of years.

“What did we do wrong? Governor Obaseki must work to make Edo State much more secure.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria must do more to protect the lives of her citizens.

“We are tired of this shabby system. We want a better Nigeria. We want to change. I’m so pained right now. So so pained!

The leadership of the Church had kicked against payment of ransom for kidnapped priests.
Also, the State police spokesman, DSP. Chidi Nwabuzor could not be reached for comment.

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