Tue. Jul 26th, 2022


The State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed delight at the release from kidnappers’ captivity of the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. SCK Uche, the Methodist Bishop of Owerri, the Right Rev Okechukwu Michael and the Prelate’s Chaplain.
In a release endorsed by his Chief Press Secretary Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Governor also said he has spoken with the Prelate who is in high spirits.
The Governor expressed gratitude to God Almighty for His saving grace.
He attributed the release of these eminent men of God within twenty-four hours of their abduction to the grace of God, the fervent prayers of the Christian community and the well-coordinated response from security agencies in Abia State.
Governor Ikpeazu assured that security will be stepped up around the Isuikwuato – Umunneochi axis of the State where there has, in the recent past, been a spike in the activities of criminals.
The Governor stated that the location of the area around the state’s borders with four states of Imo, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi makes it attractive to criminals who easily enter the State and also escape through any of these routes.
He called for Inter State Collaboration with the neighboring states in securing those areas and stamp out the activities of criminals there.
The Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria who is a son of Abia and the other clergies were kidnapped last Sunday around the Nkwoagu – Leru axis in Umunneochi Local Government Area, off the Enugu – PH Expressway.

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