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Two abducted Delta Catholic priests regain freedom

The two Catholic priests who were kidnapped last Saturday night by gunmen at Agbarha-Otor town, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, have regained their freedom from the abductors.

The priests, Rev. Fr. Raphael Ogigbah, pastor of St. Francis Catholic Parish in Agbarha-Otor in the Catholic Diocese of Warri, and Rev. Fr. Kunav Chochos, a missionary priest of the Schoenstartt Fathers, are said to have escaped their captors on Thursday.

PUNCH The troubled priests were reportedly freed from the criminals' hideout at midday on Thursday and have since reconnected with the Catholic Diocese of Warri's administration.

When a senior priest from the diocese told journalists that the fathers had been freed, he omitted to say whether or not a ransom was paid to get them back.

It was learned, however, that the kidnappers had previously wanted N20,000,000 in ransom in order to free the Catholic priests.

When reached, Delta State Command's Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, assured our correspondent that the Command has taken all necessary precautions to guarantee the release of the kidnapped priests.

It should be recalled that last Saturday, Frs. Ogigbah and Chochos were abducted in front of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University in Agbarha-Otor, close to Ughelli.

Rev. Fr. Chochos visited his friend Fr. Ogigbah in Agbarha-Otor, the birthplace of the illustrious Ibru family, when he was in Delta. Rev. Fr. Chochos works and resides in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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