The four Catholic priests who were abducted on November 6 in Delta State have regained their freedom. The Nigeria Police, Delta Command, confirmed on Saturday that the priests were rescued near Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.
They were reportedly going to the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele-Ekpoma in Edo on Nov. 6 when they were kidnapped.
The Delta state Police Commissioner, Mr Muhhammad Mustafa said that the priests were rescued on Friday night, November 9 at a location he did not disclose. The Commissioner said that some persons were arrested over the incident.
The rescued clergy men are Rev Father Victor Adigboluja of Ijebu Ode diocese; Anthony Otegbola, Abeokuta Diocese; Joseph Ediae, Benin Archdiocese; and Emmanuel Obadjere, Warri Diocese.
The police Commissioner, who earlier said that one of the suspects had been apprehended in connection with the crime, also assured that the police command was trailing the others. He assured that the other suspects would be arrested and prosecuted.
“They were rescued on Friday and we are on the trail of the other suspects. We do not encourage ransom, so no ransom was paid,” Mustafa said. According to the source the priests were escorted to Benin City by the joint police and military team that rescued them.
The captors had earlier demanded N4,000,000 ($11,000) as ransom to effect their release.