Six days after the kidnap and murder of a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, in Auchi, two others have been abducted on their way from Benin to Uromi in Edo State.
The abducted priests are identified as Rev. Frs. Udo Peter, and Philemon Oboh, OSJ.
See pictures of the kidnapped priests below:
Recently, there has been a rise in the kidnap of Catholic Priests and clerics.
In May, a Catholic Priest, Alphonsus Eboh, abducted by gunmen in Akwa Ibom State was freed after spending four days in captivity and following a ransom payment.
His abduction came a few days after a popular Pentecostal preacher in the state, John Okoriko, was abducted and later released, apparently after ransom payment too.
Eboh’s abduction took place less than 10 kilometers away from where Okoriko was abducted.
Earlier, in April, a Catholic priest abducted in Kaduna died in captivity.
The priest, Joseph Bako, died between April 18 and 20, according to the Catholic authorities in Kaduna. He was 48 years old.
Abduction for ransom is now one of the dominant crimes across various Nigerian cities.
Politicians, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, traditional rulers, just anyone with good financial worth, including school children, are easy targets.