“Kidnapped Catholic Priest Rescued By Police In Benue State
Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Anthony Adikwu, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen last Thursday, has been freed, marking the end of a distressing ordeal for the Otukpo Diocese community.The incident occurred on June 15, when a group of armed men forcefully entered Ajegbe Awume in Ohimini Local Government Area of the state, targeting St. Margaret’s parish where the revered priest served. Without hesitation, they seized Fr. Adikwu and vanished into the night.In response to the alarming situation, authorities swiftly deployed the Operation Zenda unit to track down the perpetrators and secure the safe return of the kidnapped clergyman. The arduous efforts of the Operation Zenda team ultimately yielded success, culminating in the rescue of Rev. Father Adikwu on Tuesday.SP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, officially confirmed the release of the priest. Highlighting the operation’s progress, Anene stated that after receiving a crucial tip-off on Friday morning, the command promptly mobilized its forces and dispatched personnel to the targeted area.”Our team has been diligently pursuing the abductors in that vicinity for a considerable duration,” Anene revealed. “It was the unwavering pressure exerted by our determined officers that ultimately compelled the kidnappers to release him.”While the details surrounding the circumstances of Fr. Adikwu’s liberation remain undisclosed, it is evident that the concerted efforts and resolute dedication of the police played a pivotal role in securing his freedom. The swift response and relentless pursuit by law enforcement serve as a testament to their commitment to protecting the citizens and upholding the rule of law.As the reverberations of this harrowing incident gradually subside, the community of Otukpo Diocese can find solace in the priest’s safe return. The episode serves as a stark reminder of the persistent challenges faced by communities and the imperative need for continued vigilance to safeguard the well-being of all individuals.