A priest in the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese in Anambra State, Rev. Fr., Joseph Igweagu was abducted.
Igweagu, the parish priest in charge of St. Joseph’s Parish in Abata Nsugbe’s Anambra East Local Government Area, was reported missing on October 12.
According to reports, he was kidnapped as he was walking home after a funeral vigil mass in Umunnachi in the state’s Njikoka Local Government Area.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha said in a statement made available to media on Tuesday that it is doing everything in its power to secure his freedom.
The statement titled, ‘An urgent call for sincere prayer – Re: Kidnap of Rev. Fr Joseph Igweagu’, was signed by the Archdiocesan Chancellor of Catholics Archdiocese of Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Prudentius Emeja Aroh.
It was, however, silent on whether his abductors had called to demand ransom or not.
The statement read, “It is with shock but strong faith in the love and protection of God that we announce to the priests, religious, lay faithful of Onitsha Archdiocese and all men and women of goodwill, the abduction of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Igweagu, the Parish Priest of St Joseph Parish, Abata Nsugbe.
“Rev. Fr. Joseph was kidnapped while returning to his house after celebrating a funeral vigil mass at Umunnachi on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2022. We solicit sincere prayer for his unconditional release from the hands of his abductors. The Archdiocese of Onitsha is doing everything possible to secure his freedom.
“While we pray for the conversion of his abductors, we call on our Mother Mary, the undoer of knots, to intercede on his behalf so that he will be quickly released unhurt.”