Anambra - Kidnappers of the
Rector of the Father Tansi Major Seminary at Onitsha in Anambra, Rev. Fr.
Emmanuel Dim, have demanded N2.5 million ransom for his release.
Rev. Fr. Hygi Aghaulor, Director of Communications of the
Nnewi Catholic Diocese, told newsmen in Nnewi on Wednesday that Dim was
kidnapped by suspected herdsmen on Sept. 26.
He said that the priest was kidnapped around 7 p.m. along
Nkpologwu-Nimbo Road in Enugu State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Nimbo
community in the Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State was the scene
of a dastardly attack by herdsmen that claimed scores of lives earlier this
Other bloody attacks by herdsmen have taken place in
communities in Enugu State since the Nimbo attack.
Aghaulor said that the Catholic Bishops Conference had directed that no ransom
should be paid to the abductors for the release of the priest.
He appealed to the Federal Government and security agencies
to help to effect Dim’s release.
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The spokesman said that two other priests, Rev. Jude
Chukwuneke and Rev. Jude Ezeokana, who were in the same vehicle with Dim
managed to escape with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
Aghaulor said that the three priests were returning from
Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi after a condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh
of the Nsukka Diocese, who lost his mother recently.
He said that Ezeokana, who is a lecturer in both Fr. Tansi
Seminary and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, received treatment briefly at a
hospital in Nsukka and was now managing his wounds at Awka.
According to him, Chukwuneke, the Chaplain of St. Camillus
de Lellis Chaplaincy, College of Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi was
shot in the head.
He said that Chukwuneke was at present receiving treatment
at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi.
“We call on people of goodwill to continue to pray for the
immediate release of Fr. Dim and the Vincentian priest.
“We are tempted to wonder if Nigeria is on the verge of collapse.
“All over the country, women are being raped, intimidated
and innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered,’’ Aghaulor said.