IN ANAMBRA, SUSPECTED FULANI HERDSMEN KIDNAPPED CATHOLIC PRIEST AND SHOOT TWO OTHERS - mymp3plus

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IN ANAMBRA, SUSPECTED FULANI HERDSMEN KIDNAPPED CATHOLIC PRIEST AND SHOOT TWO OTHERS












The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, yesterday alleged
that suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with dangerous
weapons including guns, attacked and kidnapped the Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Dim, while two other priests Rev. Frs. Jude Chukwuneke and June Ezeokana who were in the same vehicle with him escaped with various degrees of gun shot wounds.
Addressing reporters at the Nnewi Catholic Diocese Media
House, located in Assumption Cathedral Nnewi, Director of
Communication of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hyginus Aghaulor,
alleged that the herdsmen called, and demanded for a
ransom of N2.5 million.
He said: “Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has decided and directed that ransom should not be paid for the kidnap of any of its priests and anybody that is demanding for ransom for the release of any priest kidnapped is wasting time. “If anybody or group goes ahead to pay ransom for the release of any priest, the person or the group is on his own.”
In a statement issued after addressing reporters, titled “Fulani herdsmen kidnap Rector of Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, demands for ransom,” the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi said the incident happened on the September 26, 2016, around  7pm along Nkpologwu/Nimbo Road Enugu State. 


According to the statement, “the three Catholic priests were returning from Nsukka to Onitsha and Nnewi, after a
condolence visit to Rev. Fr. Uchenna Ezeh of Nsukka Diocese who lost his mother, before they were attacked and while Rev. Fr. Dim is still being held by the herdsmen- kidnappers who are demanding a ransom of N2.5 million, Rev. Fr. Ezeokana, who lectures in both Fr. Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, received treatment briefly at a hospital in Nsukka, but is now recuperating at Awka his home Diocese.
“Rev. Fr. Chukwuemeka, who is the Chaplin of St Camillus de Lellis Chaplaincy, College of Health Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi ,who was shot on the head has been transferred from Memphis Specialist Hospital Enugu to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is currently receiving treatment.”
“On a separate place the same Monday 26th September,
2016, a Vincentian priest whose name is yet to be confirmed was also kidnapped with his brother along Abuja Lokoja express way, another Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ugwu was kidnapped on August 9,2014 along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi and few weeks back a senior seminarian was killed in cold blooded in Attakwu, Enugu Stlate, and one begins to wonder if Catholic priest have become endangered species”. 
The visibly upset Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lashed out on South East Governors for doing nothing to protect the people they are Serving, “while their counterparts in the North are
influencing the Federal Government in spending billions of
naira to contain the Boko Haram insurgents, when something more disturbing and awful than the activities of Boko Haram is being done in the South East by the Fulani
Herdsmen”.
“The South East Governors and their Chairman have done
nothing to protect the people of South East, the Enugu State Governor whose state is where the menacing activities of the of the herdsmen is worst and the state legislators have not
done anything to protect the people there, they should borrow a leaf from Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.
“We are in Federalism, and each state have right to make
certain law governing them, what prevents Enugu State
Government from making laws that can protect the people
there, Governors of South East and their State Assembly’s
should make laws that will protect their people”.
Rev. Fr. Aghaulor lamented that since the existence of
Nigeria, nobody has seen the level of killing spree that is
being perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen, adding that “while Innocent people are left unprotected, we have seen barrage of military wares and personnel protecting the pipelines in Niger Delta, as if oil is more important than the human life. 
Why should people be killed without provocation in their own traditional lands? “We are asking the government for how long would this continue, is this the type of country we all signed up for, is this part of the change, is there no rule of law in this country , all over Nigeria women are being raped, people are intimidated, innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered and property worth billions of Naira destroyed by the suspected Fulani Herdsmen”.



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