Delta CP Muhammad Mustafa confirms kidnap of four Catholic priests in state

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Alhaji Muhammad Mustafa, Delta State Commissioner of Police.

*Assures they will be rescued soon

The Delta State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of four Catholic reverend fathers by unknown gunmen around Umutu/Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.

Against claims in some many traditional media that the abduction of the four clerics were made by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the Police said the identity of those behind the abduction were unknown.

It therefore dismissed the insinuation of herdsmen in the scenario, as according to the command, unknown gunmen could not possibly be Fulani herdsmen.

The Catholic priests were said to be heading to Benin from Warri in a convoy during which they were reportedly waylaid on Tuesday by the arms-wielding hoodlums and were whisked to an unknown location.

Confirming the development directly to The DEFENDER during a telephone interview on Thursday, the State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Mustafa said the abduction actually took place but dismissed news that identities of the abductors were known.

CP Mustafa however assured that the kidnapped priests would be rescued.

In the meantime, The DEFENDER gathered that vehicles used by the priests until their abduction had been rescued by the team of anti-kidnapping policemen drafted from Delta and Edo states.

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