Gunmen on Sunday morning abducted a Catholic priest, Rev. Prof. Izu Marcell Onyeocha in Imo State.
It was gathered that the priest kidnapped around 7:00 a.m at Ihube Community in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State along Enugu -Port Harcourt Express Road.
The kidnapped victim, who is a lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at the Imo State University, was said to have been on transit from Enugu to Owerri when the incident happened.
A resident of Okigwe town said the cleric, who is a native of Avuru Community in Ikeduru council area was driving when the gunmen accosted him.
The gunmen were said to have shot sporadically into the air to force him to stop.
A resident said: “The kidnappers shot sporadically in the air to scare away other road users at the scene of the operation. They drove the cleric in his car at the scene of the incident”.