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27 Oct 2021

Bishop’s House Attack: Catholic Diocese of Orlu debunks kidnap attempt.

Following condemnation that trailed the foiled attack at the Bishop's House of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, the Diocese, through a statement signed by the Vicar General of the diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okonkwo, dated November 2nd, has debunked the earlier report that it was a kidnap attempt on the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma.  He stated that what was witnessed was a robbery incident rather than a kidnap as reportedly carried in the media.  According to the statement released by the Vicar General, the robbery attack occurred at the early hours of 2:00am on Sunday. “In the early hours of Sunday 31, October 2021, around 2:00a.m, a group of armed robbers broke into the Bishop’s house. “They were immediately confronted by a joint team of internal security and local vigilantes.  “Although nobody was hurt, they made away with some valuables. “After some interval, the Army arrived at the scene of the armed robbery and took some photographs. Thanks to Divine providence and protection, both the Bishop and his household are safe and unharmed”, the statement reads. While expressing delight to the public for their prayers and concern, the Diocese announced that she has pardoned and forgiven the bandits, and urged all to pray for the repentance of the robbers.

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