The priests kidnapped in Edo and Kaduna States were later released by their abductors after payment of ransom.
In late June, two other Catholic priests abducted in Edo and Kaduna States were killed by their abductors.
Increase in abduction cases in Abia
Abduction for ransom has increased in Abia State in recent times, particularly in Umunneochi Council Area.
The abduction of Messrs Nwadike and Nwafor occurred barely 24 hours after gunmen abducted a police officer at Mbala Divisional Police Headquarters in Isuochi Community, Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state.
The abducted officer, simply identified as Dickson, is a deputy superintendent of police, and the divisional crime officer in the police facility.
He was yet to be released, four days after.
About three weeks ago, gunmen abducted scores of passengers along the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway between Leru Junction and Ihube Community, a boundary between Imo and Abia states, Nigeria’s South-east.
Earlier in June, Uwadinachi Iweha, a medical doctor and the provost of Gregory University College of Medicine, Umuahia Campus, was also abducted.
He was whisked away while driving out of his residence at Umuajameze Ezeleke Umuopara in the Umuahia South Council Area of the state.
Mr Iweha is yet to be released, about two months after his abduction.
In May, Samuel Kanu-Uche, the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, was abducted alongside two other priests, while they were on they were coming back from a programme in Umunneochi Local Government Area of the state.