By G9ija

Amidst the heightened security challenges in the country, Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Mathias Opara, was reportedly kidnapped by some unknown gunmen in Imo.

The Catholic Priest was returning from a burial ceremony of a colleague’s father at the Izombe community in Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) when he was ambushed and abducted along Ejemekwuru and Ogbaku road between Oguta and Mbaitoli LGA.

An eyewitness who spoke to journalists on the development explained that the priest was double-crossed and kidnapped along with some people in the same vehicle while driving back to Owerri.

“The incident happened right before us. We were also coming back to Owerri from the funeral ceremony when the incident occurred,” Peoples Gazette quoted the eyewitness saying.

Reacting to the incident, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, told journalists that he was yet to receive official notice of the abduction.

However, the Director of Public Communications of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Raymond Ogu, confirmed the incident to journalists saying the priest was ambushed and later kidnapped.