The Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Command, has apprehended one of the suspected criminals involved in the kidnapping of two Catholic priests on February 1st from their parish rectory in Pankshin local government of Plateau State.
Omolola Odutola, the spokesperson of the command, stated, “At approximately 4:25 pm on Monday, we received intelligence that a kidnapping suspect, Christopher Yaro, had fled to Ijebu-Ode after purportedly conspiring with another member of the church and five other individuals to abduct the two Reverend Fathers in the Pankshin area of Plateau State.” The fleeing kidnapper was apprehended with four K.2 rifles in his possession.
Recently, we reported that the kidnappers, who demanded a ₦25 million ransom, were allegedly led by the financial secretary of St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Fier, Pankshin—where the priests serve. However, they were detained by local vigilantes but were not handed over to the command, according to Alfred Alabo, spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command.
Last Thursday, Fr Jude Ofuani, CMF, a leading Nigerian Claretian—the missionary congregation of the kidnapped priests, confirmed that the priests—Frs Kenneth Kanwa, CMF, and Jude Nwachukwu, CMF—were released and admitted to the hospital for examination.