Gunmen kill driver and kidnap two Catholic priests

One driver, Valentine Enwerem, was killed Friday night when gunmen suspected of being kidnappers attacked his vehicle. The incident occurred at the Nkwo Orji market junction along the Owerri-Okigwe Road in the Owerri North Local Government Area of ​​Imo State, southeastern Nigeria. The slain driver was driving two Catholic priests before the gunmen attacked them when they got into a traffic jam. The two Catholic priests were kidnapped by the gunmen, PREMIUM TIMES has learned. A lawyer, Uche Ejimonye, ​​who is a relative in-law of Mr. Enwerem, the slain driver, recounted how the incident happened. In a statement obtained by perforated newspaperEjimonye said the gunmen followed them from Amaraku in the Isiala Mbano local government area of ​​the state. “He got stuck in the traffic jam at Orji, but while trying to escape after getting out of his vehicle, he was shot five times in the back,” he said. “The kidnappers then kidnapped the two Reverend Fathers who were with him in the car and drove away. Bystanders’ attempts to rescue him by taking him to hospital were unsuccessful as he died on the way,” Mr. Ejimonye narrated. The lawyer said the incident has been reported to the police. Police spokesman in the state, Michael Abattam, did not return calls or a text message seeking comment on the incident. In a related development, gunmen kidnapped a traditional ruler in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of ​​Rivers State, south-south Nigeria. The kidnapped monarch, Matthew Opoto, is the chairman of the Abissa Council of Chiefs in the council area. He was on his way to his residence along with some of his council of chiefs. The armed men, who were allegedly driving speedboats, intercepted the boat they were in and kidnapped the royal father after identifying him. A local indigenous person, Minaibiye Dolphin, who confirmed the incident to reporters in Port Harcourt, said the monarch was near his residence when the gunmen attacked them. “Gunmen arrived in speedboats, identified him and took him away. We have no information on him,” Dolphin said. Police spokeswoman in Rivers State, Grace Iringe-Koko, has confirmed the abduction. She said police were investigating the incident and had launched an operation to track down the suspects. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Gunmen kill driver and kidnap two Catholic priests