Church Pays Bandits N10m Ransom To Secure Release Of Kidnapped Priest

Catholic priest, Reverend Leo Raphael Ozigi, who was kidnapped by bandits three weeks ago, has been released. Ozigi was ferried to a forest in Kaduna State after his kidnap from where he was eventually released Friday night.

N10m was, however, raised by his church in Minna, family, close associates and delivered to the bandits.

Vanguard correspondent gathered that after long negotiations between the bandits and Elders of the church, the huge sum of money was arrived at and a representative from the church was led by a delegation of the bandits to Birnin Gwari forest to deliver the amount to their ‘Commander’ after which the cleric was released.

A source told Vanguard correspondent that immediately the amount was paid in the forest, a signal was sent to the spot where the priest was being held to be released and led to Kaduna-Zaria Road on foot to unite with his church delegation who had also been directed by the bandits on the route to follow to pick him.

The source said the freed Reverend Father trekked several kilometers before he eventually reunited with his people along the road.

When asked of the whereabouts of the victim, the source declared, ”The Reverend Father is now in a hospital receiving treatment. He was made to trek several kilometers to meet us and he is very weak and can hardly walk now. He has to be on bed rest and even go for physiotherapy”.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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