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Abia, Anambra Police Commands disagree over kidnap of Archbishops,wife,son, 3 priests


By Our correspondent

Abia and Anambra State Police Commands have disagreed over the alleged kidnap of the Archbishop of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Bishop Uka Uka Osim, his wife, son and three other priests in his entourage.

While the Anambra Police Command denied knowledge of the incident, its Abia State counterpart confirmed it and said emphatically that the incident occurred in Anambra State.

Our correspondent gathered that the Archbishop and those in his entourage were kidnapped while traveling from Abia to Awka, Anambra State.

The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Tochukwu Ikenga in a statement on Saturday said, “Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public that from inquiries made on the above news from our respective Area Commands, Police Divisional Headquarters, and otherwise, there is no such record of any incident as mentioned in the state.

“The Command has been relatively calm as police and other security agencies are strategically positioned in many areas of the state, while some operatives are on crime prevention patrol aimed to address any untoward situations.

“Given the above, the Command calls on members of the public to assist us with information regarding the above-mentioned incident if such happened, this will enable us to embark on the investigation, please.”

But the Abia State Police Command on Sunday clarified that the abduction of the Archbishop and those in his entourage occurred in Anambra State, not Abia as earlier reported by some sections of the media.

The spokesman of the command, ASP Maureen Chinaka, who spoke in reaction to the incident, revealed that one of the Aba’s Bishops confirmed the abduction.

She said however, the precise location or area in Anambra where the priests were kidnapped was not revealed.

The Abia PPRO said, “Based on our findings, the alleged kidnap of the Archbishop of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star occurred in Anambra State.
“This was confirmed by one of the Bishops of the church in Aba.”

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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