Otukpo, 07 July, 2022 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Nigeria is appealing for prayers for the “quick and safe release” of a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers – Spiritans) who was kidnapped Wednesday, July 6.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, July 7, the Chancellor of Otukpo Diocese says, “We write to notify you of the kidnap of Rev. Fr. Peter Amodu, a Priest of the Holy Ghost Congregation who is working in the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo as Parish Priest of Holy Ghost Parish, Eke-Olengbeche.”
In the statement, Fr. Joseph Aboyi Itodo says the July 6 kidnapping of the Spiritan Priest occurred “at about 5.00 pm along Otukpo - Ugbokolo Road, Benue State, while he was on his way to celebrate the Holy Mass at Okwungaga-Ugbokolo.”
The Chancellor communicates the appeal of the Local Ordinary of the Nigerian Diocese, Bishop Michael Ekwoyi Apochi, for prayers.
He says the Bishop is calling “on all Christ's Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and beyond to earnestly pray for his quick and safe release as we intensify efforts to ensure his release.”