Abducted Catholic cleric regains freedom

Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adorolo

Edo State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the release of the Parish Priest of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Iddo 2, Okpella of Auchi Diocese, Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, who was abducted by unknown gunmen.
Spokesman of the Command, DSP Moses Nkombe, who confirmed the release of the priest to journalists in Benin, said he was released unhurt and without payment of ransom, adding that the police was on the trail of the kidnappers.

Fr. Adorolo was abducted along Auchi-Okene highway at about 6 pm last Wednesday, while returning from Igarra in Akoko-Edo Local Government area of the State, where he attended the ‘Month Mind’ of the oldest Priest of the Auchi Diocese, late Fr. Lawrence Balogun, at St. John Apostolic Church, Igarra.

The cleric, who was driving in his Mercedes 350ML SUV, was dressed in his white Cassock and accompanied by a boy living with him when he was abducted.

Sources said Fr. Adorolo was seen at about 10 pm in a community 5 kilometers away from Auchi, the headquarters of Estako West local government area.

He was said to have told the people that he trekked for long hours from where his abductors dumped him.

Commenting on the development, a priest in Auchi Diocese, Fr. Peter Egielewa, said they were happy that Fr. Adorolo was released unhurt and in good condition.

In a similar development, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Zamfara state, Emmanuel Adeniyi who was kidnapped alongside three of his Family members while they were traveling in a Hilux bus along the Dandume/Birnin Gwari road (Katsina/Kaduna) road on Wednesday, September 27th, has regained his freedom.

According to the police, they regained their freedom on Saturday, September 30th with no ransom paid for the release.

Family sources said the kidnappers had initially called demanding for N50 million ransom. Luckily, the police were able to rescue the victims without any payment of ransom.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Ogba Zoo and Nature Park in Benin, Mr. Andy Ehanire, who was abducted last week Sunday is yet to be released.

Andy is a brother to the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and a former Senator and wife of a retired army General, Mrs. Daisy Danjuma.

Three policemen who were on duty at the zoo were shot dead after the kidnappers allegedly bought drinks for them.

But in spite of the abduction of the Director of the Zoo, it was observed on Saturday afternoon that preparations were on to entertain fun seekers for the Independence Day celebration.

Some staff at the Zoo said work was still going on and that lots of tourists were being expected at the zoo.

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