Group urges IGP to take over Rev. Fr. Adeyi’s case
The Abuja chapter of the Otukpa Alede Club 1978 (OAC), has urged the new Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, to take over the investigation of the kidnap and murder of Rev. Fr. John Adeyi.
A statement issued by the Club’s chairman, retired AIG Paul O. Ochonu, said the IGP should take over the case from the Benue State Police Command to enhance thorough investigation.
Ochonu, who condemned the kidnap and murder, decried the current criminal activities in Ogbadibo and neighbouring local government areas and urged the police in the state to deploy enough personnel to the area to curb the rising criminal activities.
He said the crimes include robbery, abduction, cultism and other related offences.
“We condemn in totality the kidnap and subsequent murder of Rev. Fr. Dr. John Adeyi, a peace loving priest who contributed immensely to the peaceful co-existence of everyone and also encouraged the entrenchment of good morals and family values in the entire Idoma nation,” the statement reads.
It added that the incident was a wake-up call to the entire Idoma people, especially Idoma West and Otukpa in particular.
“Kidnapping, cultism, robbery and killings as we are witnessing now are alien to us. We are a peace loving and God fearing people who respect the dignity and sanctity of life. We must all come out to condemn this act,” he said.
Ochonu noted that the circumstances surrounding the death of Fr. Adeyi, the first indigenous priest from Otukpa, had brought to the fore, the need for vigilance, effective policing and the teaching of core family values as a way of inculcating in the younger generation the need to respect and dignify life.
Adeyi, was until his demise the Vicar General of the Catholic Dioceses of Otukpo. He was kidnapped on April 23, 2016 while on priestly assignment to Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State and his remains were later discovered in a bush in Otukpa even after the kidnappers had extorted money from the family.