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Benue Catholic Priest Abducted By Gunmen

Rev. Father Mark Ojotu, a Catholic priest from the Otukpo Diocese in Benue state, has been kidnapped by gunmen who are thought to be kidnappers.
According to reports, Ojotu serves as the chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, Okpoga, in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, which is part of the Otukpo diocese.
On Thursday at about 5 o’clock, the victim was kidnapped along the Okpoga-Ojapo route.

The diocese received confirmation of the kidnapping in the form of a letter from the diocesan secretariat addressed to all priests, religious, and lay believers and signed by the Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Joseph Itodo.
We write to inform you about the abduction of Rev. Fr. Mark Ojotu, one of our priests, the letter stated.

“He is the Chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital, Okpoga. The sad incident occurred today, 22™ December, 2022 at about 5.00pm along Okpoga-Ojapo Road, Okpokwu LGA, Benue State.

“The Local Ordinary, Most Rev. Michael Ekwoyi Apochi, has called on all Christ’s Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and beyond to earnestly pray for his quick and safe release as we intensify efforts to ensure his release.

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“We commend our brother and all those in the kidnappers’ den throughout the country to the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for their speedy and safe release from the hands of their abductors.

The State Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident and added that policemen were on the trail of the kidnappers.

“Incident confirmed and the command is on the trail of the priest and hoodlums involved,” Anene said in a terse message sent to our correspondent.


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