Yet-to-be-identified gunmen have abducted a clergy student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. Our Correspondent gathered that the victim is a clergyman working with the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi. The student, who was abducted over the weekend, was said to be returning home from school before the gunmen ambushed and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
Announcing the victim’s abduction in a press statement obtained by this reporter, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Rev. Fr. Raphael Ezeogu identified the abducted priest as Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Mbamara. He further called for insistent prayers to ensure the safety and immediate release of the abducted clergy.
“Our priest, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Mbamara, a student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, was kidnapped yesterday (Friday) evening, on his way from Awka to Nnewi. “Let’s storm heaven with humble and insistent prayers for his quick release in sound health of mind and body. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Help of Christians, pray with and for us,” he said.
Efforts to receive the reaction of the Police Public Relations in Anambra State, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, proved abortive, as his phone number was not connecting, while he was also yet to respond to messages of enquiries sent to him concerning the incident.
It would be recalled that another UNIZIK student, Sylvester Mercy Chinomso (Mesi Sylvia) of the Department of Parasitology and Entomology, was sometime abducted in 2019 by Unknown Gunmen, who kidnapped her alongside her sister.
Meanwhile, when contacted Police Public Relations Officer Anambra State police command, Dsp Ikenga Tochukwu over the incidence, he noted that “There is no such report before me, I will make enquiry and get back to you”.