BREAKING: Gunmen Attack Catholic Church Hospital
Information reaching Ibom Focus says that Gunmen Attack Catholic Church Hospital
Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Thursday attacked Catholic St Mary’s Hospital, Okpoga in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State and kidnapped its Chaplain, Reverend Father Mark Ojotu.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Diocesan Chancellor, Rev Fr Joseph Aboyi Itodo, said that the Bishop of Otukpo Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Fr Michael Apochi, called on Christian faithful across the country to pray for prompt and safe release of the abducted priest.
The incident is coming few days to the Christmas festivity on Sunday, and it is not yet confirmed if the abductors have got across to the cleric’s family.
It was gathered that there had been a series of kidnapping incidents in the Benue South Senatorial District since the beginning of 2022.
Recall that the late Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, late Rev Fr John Adeyi, was kidnapped from the same parish in Okpoga in 2016 by armed men who thereafter killed him.
The decomposing body of the cleric was discovered behind the office complex of Ogbadibo Local Government Education Authority in his hometown of Otukpa, by security personnel.