Catholic priests
Masked Gunmen (File photo).

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped four Catholic priests around Umutu/Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was learned that the priests were said to be heading to Benin from Warri in a convoy, when they were reportedly waylaid on Tuesday by the arms-wielding hoodlums and were whisked to an unknown location.

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The state commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, who confirmed the abduction to reporters on Wednesday, assured that the kidnapped priests would be rescued.

The police chief said the identity of those behind the abduction were unknown.

Mustafa added that vehicles conveying the priests had been rescued by the team of anti-kidnapping policemen drafted from Delta and Edo states.