Jos, 16 August, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the "recurring killing and kidnapping of Catholic Priests" in the West African country, terming it a sign of failure on the part of Nigeria’s Federal government.
In a Monday, August 15 report, HURIWA’s National Coordinator makes reference to the reported kidnapping and release of a Spiritan Priest and Seminarian saying the August 12 abduction happened at a soldiers' checkpoint.
“The recurring killings and kidnappings of Catholic Priests all over the country is another loud sign of the failure of the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari," Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko is quoted as saying.
Mr. Onwubiko adds, “It is worrisome that despite the killing of over 12 Catholic Priests in 2022 and the abduction of scores of Catholic Priests all over the country, the present regime and security agencies have left the ugly trend to continue."
"This latest kidnap-for-ransom happened at the checkpoint of soldiers and is exactly this same nexus between these kidnappers and soldiers that emerged from the disclosure of the prelate of the Methodist church who was recently kidnapped and freed upon payment of ransom," the official of HURIWA is quoted as saying in the August 15 report.