Fulani Herdsmen release Delta Anglican Priest after collecting N600,000 ransom

  • Fulani Herdsmen strike in Delta, abduct Anglican priest, wife, children, one other

The Anglican Priest, Revd Anthony Oyi, kidnapped last weekend by suspected herdsmen on his farm at Issele-Mkpitime, Aniocha North Local Government area, Delta State, has been released with his friend after the payment of N600,000 ransom.

The suspected herdsmen, who kidnapped Oyi, his wife, children and one of his friends last Saturday, had released the wife and the children same day with the mandate to go get money for the release of the Priest and his friend.

The Councilor representing Issele-Mpitime/Issele-Azagba in the Aniocha North Local Government Council, Mr Emmanuel Ikenwa, who confirmed the release of the Priest and his friend, said they were released after meeting the demand of their abductors. According to Vanguard reports.

Ikenwa, one of those who facilitated the release of the Clergy and his friend, confirmed that ransom was paid but declined comments on how much was paid for their release.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that the sum of #600,000 was paid as ransom before the Priest and his friend were released by the hoodlums.

Confirming the release of the Priest, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Delta State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeye, said that Revd Anthony Oyi regained freedom Sunday evening.

Onovwakpoyeye said the Police was still on the trail of the suspected herdsmen, expressing optimism that the suspected kidnappers would be apprehended and brought to book.

Fulani Herdsmen strike in Delta, abduct Anglican priest, wife, children, one other

ASABA—NINE days after a Celestial Church Pastor was killed at Ibusa, near Asaba, suspected herdsmen, weekend, kidnapped an Anglican Priest, Revd. Anthony Oyi, his wife, his children and one of his friends at Issele-Mkpitime, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.

The priest, who resides at Oko-Ogbele and a native of Issele-Mkpitime, had gone to farm with his family from where they were abducted by the herdsmen.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, however, disclosed that the wife and children have been released by the hoodlums with a mandate to go get money for the release of the cleric and his friend.

The source said the vigilante group at Issele-Uku and Issele-Mkpitime had been alerted, adding that the vigilante group and the Police were already combing the bush in search of the two men.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said the Police had launched a search party to rescue the victims unhurt.