Two catholic priests kidnapped in Delta.

Two Catholic priests identified as Rev. Fr. Raphael Ogigbah, Parish priest of St. Francis Catholic Parish Agbarha-Otor, Catholic Diocese of Warri, and Rev. Fr. Kunav Chochos, a Missionary Priest of the Schoenstartt Fathers, have been kidnapped by gunmen in Delta State.

Both priests later went to a nearby parish to visit another priest friend, but on their way back in the night, the suspected kidnappers intercepted their vehicle and whisked them away to an unknown destination.

As at the time of filing this report, it wasn’t certain if the kidnappers have established contact with the families of the victims yet or demanded for any ransom.

Efforts to reach the Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Warri, Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Okpowodu, proved abortive.

Meanwhile, the Delegate Superior of the Schoenstartt Fathers, Very Rev. Fr. Okereke Kingsley Kizito, in a memo issued on Sunday, confirmed the kidnapping of the two priests.

The memo reads; “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is with great pain and concern that we come to you with this sad notice. Our brother, Fr. Chochos Kunav, Schoenstartt Fathers, lives and works in Ibadan.

However, he traveled to Warri yesterday to visit his friend, Fr. Raphael Ogigbah of the Catholic Diocese of Warri and the Parish priest of St. Francis Catholic Church Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North, Delta State.

Rev. Fr. Kunav Chochos who works and lives in Ibadan, Oyo State, had visited his brother priest and friend, Fr Raphael Ogigbah, at Agbarha-Otor, near Ughelli.

Also, when contacted, the image maker of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident, stating that it was unfortunate that the priests had to go through such ordeal, but assured that his men were on the trail of the kidnappers