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Gunmen Abduct Two Reverend Fathers In Delta State

Two Catholic priests have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Aniocha area of Delta State. The Priests, identified as Reverend Father Franklyn Odiaka, and Rev Father Moses Nwaonwochei were
kidnapped at Obior in Aniocha, on their way from a special prayer service.
Reverend Father Franklyn Odiaka is the Parish Priest of Catholic Church of Assumption (Zappa Parish), Asaba. It was reported that they were waylaid and whisked away at gun point.  Both were returning from a ceremony in honor of the Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Michael Elue.
The incident has created a great level of anxiety among parishioners of Assumption Catholic Church in Asaba with members circulating text messages for prayer to be said for kidnapped priests. The Parishioners described Rev Fr Odiaka as a “prayer warrior”, they were seen gathered in groups at the church premises discussing the unfortunate incident.
Reverend Father Franklyn Odiaka was said to have been preparing for a special marathon spiritual exercise of prayers aimed against ransom kidnappers and other criminals in Asaba and Delta State in general.
Delta State Police Command spokeswoman, Mrs. Celestina Kalu (a DSP) who confirmed the kidnap story on Friday afternoon but refused to give further information on the matter.


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