The Chaplain of the Seat of Wisdom Catholic Chaplaincy of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, Very Rev. Fr. Dr Louis Odudu, has died four days after he escaped from the hands of his kidnappers.
Although the immediate cause of the priest's death has not been ascertained, it was confirmed that he died on Wednesday.
However, it was presumed that his death is not unconnected with the incident of his abduction.
The Director of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Warri, Rev. Fr. Dr Benedict Ukutegbe, confirmed the demise of the priest to Punch.
Ukutegbe, who failed to give details on the cause of death, told newsmen that “He (Odudu) was pronounced dead at a private hospital in Warri, hours after he reportedly complained of pains and demanded to be taken to a hospital.”
Odudu, who was ordained priest of the Catholic Diocese of Warri in 1987, had reportedly been in the United Kingdom for years.
He was said to have returned to the country about five months ago when he was abducted.
The deceased was a former Assistant Secretary-General at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
There have been incessant attacks against Catholic priests in the state by some hoodlums in recent times.
So far, not less than five priests had been abducted in 2018.