Gunmen abduct Enugu Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Arinze Madu
Just two months after two Catholic ministers of Enugu Diocese were seized and killed, another cleric, Rev. Fr. Arinze Madu, has been abducted by unidentified shooters.
Our reporters dependably notes that Fr. Madu, a Vice Rector at the Queen of Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was seized at the gate of the institution on Monday.
The Director of Communication, Enugu Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi, has affirmed the incident.
Fr. Achi, who spoke on the telephone with our reporter, described the incident as “terrifying.”adding, “this incident is coming barely two months after Rev. Fr. Offu was gruesomely killed by gunmen at Ihe-Agbudu road on August.”
The Catholic spokesman stated, “in this year alone, two priests have been killed while three escaped.”
He additionally reviewed that Rev. Fr. Clement Ugwu, of the St Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was abducted in his home on March, and was later discovered dead.
“On August 2, 2019, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu was killed by another gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
“Before Fr. Offu’s murder, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Ilo was attacked by Fulani Herdsmen along Numeh-Nenwe road in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state,” he added.
In the interim, the state Police Command has affirmed the kidnap incident.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, who affirmed the occurrence on phone, said the Command was trackingthe kidnappers.
“Yes, the priest was kidnapped on Monday while he was coming out from his school located at Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu local government area.
“But I can assure you that the Police, in collaboration with the Army and local vigilante groups, are combing the forest in the area,” he stated.