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The kidnappers of the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche, have demanded a sum of ₦100 million as ransom.

The Secretary of the Conference, the Rt. Revd. (Dr.) Michael Akinwale confirmed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday.

The Prelate was kidnapped alongside two other Priests from the Church in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia on Sunday.

The statement read in part, “The devastating news of the abduction of our Prelate, the Bishop of Owerri, and the Prelate’s Chaplain has left everybody in shock.

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“This is a period of trial in which the Church must cry out that ‘The Lord that answereth by Fire’ must be our God to destroy all the manipulations of the adversary.

“Let us all arise and cry out to the Lord!

“As we engage in Prayer Warfare, this serves to notify you that the abductors have demanded a ransom of ₦100 million.

He called on Church members to help in raising the sum for their release.

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“In view of the urgency and the dire need to arrest the situation for the safety of our Prelate and other abductees, it has become imperative to seek your urgent response to raise the ₦100 million ransom

“The safety of the Prelate and other abductees must be of paramount concern to all, and your contributions spiritually and monetarily shall not go unrewarded.”

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said efforts are on top gear towards his rescue as well as other Priests with him.


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