Herdsmen abduct four Catholic priests in Delta
A 46-YEAR old man identified as Jimoh Odion is presently cooling his heels in police net following his arrest after he allegedly beheaded his neighbour, one Atogwe Asilemhe during an argument in their residence at Ayogwiri in Estako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Although Odion denied beheading his victim for money rituals, he blamed the incident on his constant pestering by Asilemhe over Odion’s inability to join his mates for their age grade initiation ceremony.
“It was during the celebration of age grade. I didn’t know when I beheaded the man. When people came to arrest me that I killed somebody, I said I did not. I am an orphan. I didn’t want to go for the age grade because I have problem with our village head.
One man gave me white Agbada and red cap to wear to the ceremony. People were still pestering me to go to age grade initiation. The much talking was annoying me. I don’t know what came over me. I dropped the red cap on the ground and I saw myself destroying my property.
I was in the church when I saw people running after me that I have killed someone and taken the head away. I don’t have any quarrel with the man. I didn’t want to use the man for ritual and nobody asked me to bring his head.” Odion said.
In a related development, the Delta State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of four Catholic priests around Umutu-Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The priests were heading to Benin from Warri in a convoy when they were waylaid by the gunmen who whisked to an unknown location.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, confirmed the abduction to newsmen, while assuring an extensive manhunt for the abductors are already afoot to rescue the kidnapped priests, adding that the cars by which the priests were travelling have already been recovered by a team of anti-kidnapping policemen drafted from Delta and Edo states.