Owerri, 29 May, 2023 / 12:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Fr. Matthias Opara, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was abducted on May 26 while returning from a funeral has been set free.
The Parish Priest of Holy Ghost Obosima Catholic Parish of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria regained his freedom on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Metropolitan See announced in a statement.
“We thank God almighty for his infinite mercy and for answering our prayers,” Fr. Patrick Mbarah says, and thanks the people of God for “your fraternal solidarity and prayers.”
“To God be the Glory,” Fr. Mbarah adds.
In his earlier statement following the abduction of Fr. Opara, the Chancellor of Owerri Archdiocese said the Local Ordinary of Owerri, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, had directed him to appeal for prayers for the release of the Catholic Priest who started his Priestly Ministry on 14 July 1990.