Unknown gunmen release kidnapped Catholic priest in Enugu

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Reverend Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide, who was kidnapped on Sunday evening, has regained his freedom.

Fr Okide was released Thursday night after spending days in the kidnappers’ den.

The Parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Amofia-Agu Affa, in Udi local government area of Enugu State and six other travellers, were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herders.

Confirming his release on Friday morning, a short statement signed by Diocesan Chancellor/Secretary Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie thanked Christians for their prayers during this trial moment.

“We are glad to inform you that our brother and priest, Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide, has been released from the den of the kidnappers.

“He was set free at about 8.00 pm on Thursday 21 September 2023.

“The Catholic Diocese of Enugu is grateful to the Almighty God for His protection over Fr. Okide, and thanks you for your prayers and Masses throughout this difficult period.

“May Our Lady, Help of Christians, intercede for us and our country, Nigeria,” the statement read.

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