The Prelate, along with the Methodist Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Reverend Dennis Mark and the Prelate’s chaplain were on Sunday May 29, 2022, kidnapped in Umunneochi Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia state.
His Eminence, Uche, later told journalists at Methodist Church Yaba, Lagos State that their abductors were Fulani, alleging that some personnel of the Nigerian Army of Fulani extraction were aiding the kidnappers in their activities.
According to the Prelate, “But the irony of it, where they were situated, the soldiers all of Fulani extraction, Nigerian soldiers, They were there at Lomara junction and these boys were going behind them. Meanwhile they kept their cows somewhere, numbering about 200.”
However, indicators have emerged that some suspects involved in the abduction have been nabbed by Nigeria Police operatives from Zone 9 headquarters, Umuahia, Abia State.
Sources say that the two soldiers have been arrested and may have been moved to Abuja for further investigations.
The prime suspect, who is an Okada rider, is from the same village in Enugu State as the kidnapped Prelate and may have been the mastermind who recruited others including criminal herders to carry out the abduction.