Government Area (LGA) of Delta State on Friday December 18th, according
One of the two priests, en route to a ceremony honoring the Bishop
Michael Elue of the Issele-Uku Diocese, has been identified as Father
Franklyn Odiaka of the Catholic Church of Assumption in Asaba. The
identity of the second priest was not known at the time of publication.
The Vanguard newspaper in Nigeria reported that none of the Zappa
worshippers were “willing to divulge information as they were said to be
preparing for a marathon spiritual exercise of prayer against the
It is worthy of note that these abductions come two weeks after the
church was broken into and money was stolen from the parish treasury.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Celestina Kalu confirmed
the kidnappings to journalists, and identified them as Catholic priests.
Mrs. Kalu said information was sketchy but expressed confidence the
kidnappers would be arrested by police.