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Kidnapping of the Catholic Bishop of Owerri: the police launch a rescue operation

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By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

The Imo state police command said yesterday that they had activated their strategy to rescue the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Owerri, Moses Chikwe, who was kidnapped last Sunday night in the vicinity of New Owerri.

State Police Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwo, told reporters in Owerri.

To achieve this, the police said that the Rapid Intervention Team, QUIT, and the anti-kidnapping unit, AKU, have been put into action.

The PPRO said: “The police commissioner has activated the Commands rapid intervention team (QUIT) and the anti-kidnapping unit (AKU), to advance the matter with a view to rescuing the bishop and possibly arresting the thugs.”

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri, Anthony J.V. Obinna, has asked for prayers for the speedy release of the kidnapped Bishop Chikwe.

In a statement signed by the Archdiocesan Chancellor / Secretary of Owerri, Monsignor Alphonsus Oha, said: “His Excellency, the Reverend Anthony JV Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri, painfully informs the faithful of Christ and the people of God in general that the Reverend Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, was kidnapped on the night of Sunday, December 27, 2020.

“The incident took place around the New Owerri site and services, Imo state. The archbishop calls on all to join him in praying for the speedy release of Bishop Chikwe. “

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