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Four Herdsmen Arrested For Kidnapping Catholic Priest


The Enugu State Police Command has arrested four Fulani herdsmen for allegedly kidnapping a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Lazarus Ekwueme of the Diocese of Nsukka.


Ekwueme was kidnapped on March 11, 2019, by a seven-man gang said to be operating along the Enugu-Nsukka Road.


However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Suleiman Balarabe, confirmed the suspects’ arrest to our correspondent on Wednesday.


He said, “The command did not sit back and relax; we immediately put everything available in motion to track down the suspects and this yielded results as four persons were arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


“The items recovered from them included one AK-47 rifle, one submachine gun, one pump-action rifle and one beretta pistol.”


The CP added that the suspects were already helping the police in their investigation.


Balarabe added that the police had received vital information that would help in tracking down the fleeing killers of the Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Obinagu, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Rev Fr Clement Ugwu, who was kidnapped on March 13, 2019 and his corpse was found in a bush one week after.




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