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Anambra: Kidnapped Catholic priest, Unizik Prof regain freedom

Saturday May 25, 2024 10:58 am



By Joshua Chikwado
Awka,   News


The Kidnapped Catholic priests, Reverend Father Basil Gbuzuo and Professor Sydney Onyeagu of Nnamdi University Awka on Friday have been released. 

The priests were last week abducted at Nkpor, close to Onitsha by unknown gunmen. Press Secretary to Anambra State governor, Mr Christian Aburime who disclosed this in a press release on Friday did not give details of the priest’s release, but said that Anambra State government has commenced work to exterminate all criminal elements in the state.

He said: “This is to inform the general public that Rev. Fr. Basil Gbuzuo, who was kidnapped on 15th May 2024 along Nkpor-Obosi axis has regained freedom, through the onerous efforts of the joint security task team of Anambra State Government and well meaning citizens.

“The State Government will not rest on its oars, as we work to ensure that any person held in captivity is released unconditionally and unhurt.


Gov. Charles Soludo

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“The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo CFR, appreciates the contributions of all well meaning people in the onerous effort to make Anambra a peaceful and liveable homeland.” 

“We also seize this opportunity to send a strong warning to all criminals, their collaborators and sponsors. The full weight of the law will be brought on all such persons who engage directly or indirectly in orchestrating criminal activities.

“However, note that the olive branch offer extended to criminal elements who operate in the mould of agitators is still open. They should avail themselves of avenues provided by the State for them to be trained, rehabilitated and integrated back into the society.”


Commissioner of Police Anambra, CP Nnaghe Obono

The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO of Anambra State SP Tochukwu Ikenga  confirmed the their released adding that the Commissioner of Police CP Nnaghe Obono Itam has activated onslaught Operations on abductors of Fr. Basil Gbuzuo and Prof. Sydney Onyeagu of Unizik.

“The CP assures that the Command is in high spirits and already leveraging on
information in this regard especially to frustrate criminal intentions of nonstate actors and reduce crime to the barest minimum in the State” he said .

According to him,they were released unhurt by those who Kidnapped them on Friday.

 

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