How Military Foiled Kidnap Attempt Of Catholic Bishop In Imo State

Army foils kidnap of Catholic Bishop in Imo - Daily Post Nigeria

Richard Ginika Izuora

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, has narrated how troops saved a Catholic Bishop in Imo state when bandits came attacking.

After the unsuccessful attack Nwachukwu said, the priest and his secretary are safe conditions as the attackers ran away when the soldiers arrived the scene.

The bandits had attempted to kidnap the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese in Imo State, His Lordship Most Rev Dr Augustine Ukwuoma.

The gunmen reportedly invaded the priest’s residence in the early hours of Sunday but failed to abduct him as troops of ‘Exercise Golden DAWN’ foiled the operation.

The attackers destroyed the burglary proof on the window and damaged one of the doors in the house and an expended shell casing from a double-barreled gun was also seen on the floor.

Nwachukwu, said, “Troops of Exercise Golden DAWN Sector 3 have foiled an attempted kidnap and robbery of his Lordship Most Rev Dr Augustine Ukwuoma at the Orlu Diocesan Catholic Secretariat, BSC Road Orlu Imo State.

“The troops in response to a distress call at about 2:30am today, Sunday 31st October 2021, swiftly moved to the scene forcing the assailants to take to their heels thereby abandoning their mission. The Bishop, his Secretary and Assistant Secretary are safe and unhurt.

“Troops will continue to deny freedom of action to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), its affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and other criminal gangs operating within the sector especially as the elections in Anambra State draws nearer and during the yuletide season.

“Members of the public are advised to report suspicious movement of criminals as well as hide out of the outlawed IPOB/ESN to law enforcement agencies as the group is only out to intimidate, steal and kidnap for ransom law-abiding citizens,”.

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