STATE Police Command in Enugu has confirmed the abduction of another Catholic priest, Reverend Father Malachy Asadu barely four months after the murder of Paul Offu, parish priest of St. James the Great parish, Ugbawka by suspected herdsmen.
Asadu was reportedly kidnapped along Imilike -Nsukka Road in Nsukka, on Monday on his way back from a diocesan meeting held at the St Theresa Cathedral, Nsukka.
Police say the details of the clergyman disappearance is still sketchy. Nevertheless, Ebere Amaraizu, the Police spokesman, confirmed police operatives have since commenced a manhunt for the kidnapper in order to apprehend the culprits and have the priest returned safely to his parishioners unharmed.
Meanwhile, the kidnapping of Father Asadu has brought to nine, the number of Catholic priests kidnapped in Enugu State in eight months.
The death of Offu had lead to a protest in August by the priests in Enugu who demanded security assurance from the state government.