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Catholic priest abducted in Anambra regains freedom

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Rev. Father Basil Gbuzuo who was abducted in Anambra state by gunmen has regained his freedom.

The priest who lives in Onitsha Diocese was kidnapped along Eke-Nkpor, Obosi, Idemili North local government area a week ago.

His release was confirmed in a statement by Christian Aburime, spokesman of governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo on Friday.

According to Aburime, Rev. Father Basil Gbuzuo was rescued through the efforts of the joint security task team of Anambra State Government and well meaning citizens.

The statement reads, “This is to inform the general public that Rev. Fr. Basil Gbuzuo, who was kidnapped on 15th May 2024 along Nkpor-Obosi axis has regained freedom, through the onerous efforts of the joint security task team of Anambra State Government and well meaning citizens.

“The State Government will not rest on its oars, as we work to ensure that any person held in captivity is released unconditionally and unhurt.

“We also seize this opportunity to send a strong warning to all criminals, their collaborators and sponsors. The full weight of the law will be brought on all such persons who engage directly or indirectly in orchestrating criminal activities.

“However, note that the olive branch offer extended to criminal elements who operate in the mould of agitators is still open. They should avail themselves of avenues provided by the State for them to be trained, rehabilitated and integrated back into the society.

“The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo CFR, appreciates the contributions of all well meaning people in the onerous effort to make Anambra a peaceful and liveable homeland.”

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