The Imo State Police Command has launched an all-points bulletin for the abductors of Rev. Fr. Valentine Ezeagu of the Umuahia Catholic Diocese in Abia State.
On Tuesday, four gunmen had kidnappers Ezeagu at Umulolo, Arondizogu in the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was reported that the priest was travelling to his hometown in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State for the burial of his father when the abductors came out from the bush, bundled him into the back seat of his car and sped off with him.
In a statement issued by Secretary-General, Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Generalate, Umuahia, Abia State, Rev. Fr. Goodluck Ajaero, the priest was said to be travelling in his green Corolla car with number plate JJ 6658 BM at the time of the abduction.
The Imo State police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident in Owerri on Wednesday, said despite the incident was not reported at any police station in the state, the command had begun efforts to free the victim.
Ikeokwu disclosed that the state Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede, had ordered the anti- kidnapping and quick intervention units of the command to ensure the immediate release of the cleric.
He stated that apart from ensuring the immediate release of the kidnapped priest, the CP also directed the tactical units to arrest the abductors.
Ikeokwu said, “The kidnap incident was not reported in any police formation in Imo State. We learnt about the kidnap of Rev. Fr. Valentine Ezeagu of the Umuahia Catholic Diocese on social media. He was kidnaped at Umulolo while travelling to his home town in Anambra State.
“Be that as it may, the Commissioner of Police has charged the anti-kidnapping and quick intervention units of the command to ensure the immediate release of the kidnapped Catholic priest. The tactical units are currently working on the release of the priest.
“We also await the official report of the kidnap incident in any of our police formations in the state either by his family members or the Catholic faithful. The command is not relenting in ensuring that the abducted priest is released unhurt.”