Nassiru Mohammed, the Police Commissioner in Imo, says tactical units have commenced a search operation for Rev. Fr. Prof. Marcel Onyeocha.
The priest who is a lecturer at Imo State University and resides at Mother Theresa of Golgotha Catholic Church, World Bank in Owerri was abducted around Ihube in Okigwe Local Government Area.
SP Orlando Ikeokwu, the Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement assured that the cleric would be freed.
Ikeokwu disclosed that a witness, Bissong Atugu reported that the incident occurred on April 10 at about 7:45 pm.
Atugu said while they drove from Enugu to Owerri in a Nissan Xterra SUV, the vehicle developed faults around Ihube.
“As they stepped down, a group of people, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, emerged from the bush and inflicted injuries on him (Atugu).
“The priest was kidnapped and taken to an unknown destination”, the statement read.
The Police said operatives were on top of the situation and would rescue the hostage and apprehend the culprits.