The bishop of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, the Rev. Samuel Kanu Uche, was abducted by gunmen on Sunday, May 29.
Kanu was abducted on Ihube-Leru-Isuochi Road in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State at about 7pm yesterday.
Police have confirmed the incident, which has left church officials fearful of the safety of their leader.
Dennis Mark, bishop of Owerri, and another priest were reportedly abducted during the attack.
Geoffrey Ogbonna, a spokesman for Abia police, said efforts were being made to ensure that the clergy were rescued.
“We have intensified our efforts to mobilize all our teams to ensure that the bishop and his fellow pastors are rescued unharmed and that the suspects are arrested.
“We urge members of the public to provide reliable information that will assist in rescuing the victims.”