Abducted Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Cyril Effiong released

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A Catholic Priest kidnapped in Cross River, Rev. Father Cyril Effiong Essien, has been released.

A highly placed Catholic Church source hinted DAILY POST that the victim was released along Egerton Street close to Catholic Church Cathedral.

Our reporter gathered that ransom was dropped for the kidnappers in an undisclosed location and the victim was released some hour later.

The Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Cyril Effiong Essien was kidnapped on Friday night at the Catholic Church in Awi, in Akamkpa local Government Area of Cross River State.

An eyewitness said that the incident occurred shortly after the Church’s evening program. He said over five heavily armed men invaded the church premises, shot on air and whisked the priest away.

DAILY POST was reliably informed that kidnappers have contacted the family and demanded ransom.

When contacted on phone earlier, the Police Public Relations Officers, Ms. Irene Ugbo confirmed the report.

She told our correspondent that the victim was kidnapped in front of the Church. “He was kidnapped in front of the Church on Friday night and was taken away by five heavily armed men to unknown destination.

“When information got to us, we dispatched our men to track down the kidnappers and rescue the victim. We are still investigating the matter with a view to getting the suspects arrested and prosecuted,” she had said.

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