Okigwe, 15 August, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers – Spiritans) and a seminarian kidnapped from the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe in Nigeria on August 12 have been freed.
In a Monday, August 15 statement, the leadership of the Spiritans in Nigeria has announced the safe release of Fr. Chinedu Nwadike and Seminarian Emmanuel Enwerechi Nwafor, and offered gratitude for prayers towards their safe release.
In the statement that the Provincial Secretary of the Spiritans in Nigeria, Fr Vitalis Anusionwu, issued, the leaders of the Missionary Congregation in the West African nation have announced the return of their confrere and the Pre-postulant “with hearts full of joy and gratitude to God”.
“We thank you for heeding our plea to storm the heavens with your prayers for their safety and speedy release,” The Spiritan leaders have said in reference to those who offered prayers for the release of the two, adding, “Your prayers were really effective.”
Fr. Nwadike who serves as the Deputy Registrar of Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) and Seminarian Nwafor were reportedly kidnapped on August 12 by gunmen identified to be bandits along the Okigwe – Enugu expressway in Abia State. The duo are said to have been on their way to Enugu for an official assignment.