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Kidnapped Catholic priest, Father Isaac Agabi escapes from abductors



Kidnapped Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Isaac Agabi, who was abducted last Sunday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen, has regained his freedom.

Father Agabi, who is in charge of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, was kidnapped along Auchi-Igarra road in the evening of Sunday, while going way back to the parish.

Information made available to us it that the Reverend Father ran away from his abductors in the early hours of Tuesday.

Fr. Peter Egielewa, the Director of Communication, Catholic Diocese of Auchi-Igarra, confirmed that Agabi’s escape to our correspondent in Benin.

Father Egielewa also confirmed that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the victim from his abductors.

He also disclosed that Rev. Agabi escaped from the kidnappers when they slept off in the night.

“No ransom was paid. He actually escaped in the night when the kidnappers were asleep. He came out of the bush and was able to come home, no ransom was paid,” said.

The Edo Police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, could not be reached for comment, as calls made to his mobile phone were not answered.

Meanwhile, leaders of the kidnappers who abducted Reverend Agabi has been allegedly nabbed by youths of Ikpeshi, in Akoko-Edo local government area of the State.

The kidnapper whose identity was yet to be known, was however said to be from Taraba State.

A source from Ikpeshi who did not want his name mentioned, said the abductor was beaten to coma by the youths and is “facing the agony of slow death.

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