Kidnapped Rev. Fr. Samuel Agwameseh of Issele-Uku Catholic Diocese in Delta State has regained his freedom.
The parish priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Issele-Mkpitime in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, was set free by his abductors, yesterday, evening.
Director of Social Communication of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Charles Uganwa, confirmed the release of Agwameseh to Daily Sun on phone.
The cleric was kidnapped last Saturday by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen while returning from a neighbouring Onicha-Olona town where he had gone for the production of the church weekly bulletin meant for Sunday’s masses.
The kidnappers, who had earlier opened up a line of communication, demanded a ransom of N20 million.
But Uganwa said the Catholic Church does pay ransom for any priest kidnapped, adding that payment of ransom in whatever guise to secure freedom for kidnapped victims should not be encouraged.