Gunmen alleged to be Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped the Rector of Fr. Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dim.
This was disclosed by Rev. Fr. Hygi Aghaulor, Director of Communications, Nnewi Dioceses.
Aghaulor told journalists in Nnewi yesterday that Dim was kidnapped at about 7pm on Tueday along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road, while returning from Nsukka, where he and two other priests; , Rev. Frs. Jude Chukwuneke and Jude Ezeokana went for an official duty.
Chukwuneke and Okana were lucky to have escaped being kidnapped, but according to Aghaulor, they sustained various degrees of gun-shot wounds.
Part of the text read to journalists by Aghaulor stated, “We are tempted to wonder if Nigeria is on the verge of collapse. All over the country, women are being raped, intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered.
“We are calling on security agencies to ensure the quick release of Rev Fr Dim.”
WWW.ELEKENEWS.COM learnt that the kidnappers had already contacted his family, and were remanding the sum of N2.5 million ransom for his release.
Meanwhile, Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has directed that no ransom be paid for the release of the priest, Aghaulor said