The Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha has announced the kidnap of a Priest with the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Joseph Igweagu who was kidnapped in Anambra State.
Reports say that Rev. Fr. Igweagu, the Parish Priest in charge of St Joseph’s Parish located at Abata Nsugbe, Anambra East Local Government Area was abducted on Wednesday, the 12th of October, 2022, on his way home after celebrating a Funeral Vigil Mass at Umunnachi in Njikoka Council area of the state.
A statement by the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, titled: ‘An urgent call for sincere prayer for Kidnap of Rev. Fr Joseph Igweagu, signed by the Archdiocesan Chancellor of Catholics Archdiocese of Onitsha’.
Fr. Prudentius Emeja Aroh, who announced the priest’s kidnap, is yet to disclose whether or not the abductors have called to demand ransom.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha 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.