Algiers, 09 November, 2019 / 3:25 am (ACI Africa).
Fr. Arinze Madu, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who had been abducted at the gate of Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary in Nigeria’s Enugu diocese and later released unharmed has recounted his two-day ordeal in the hands of his abductors and told ACI Africa that his safe release was God’s doing and that he had started preparing himself for eternal life.
“I believe that God saved me from the hands of those criminals for a purpose, I never knew I will make it back alive,” Fr. Madu told ACI Africa in a telephone interview Friday, November 8.
“We just came back from Ugwu Di Nso Retreat Center where we ended our retreat, coming back I packed my bags, laptop, sick-call bag and so on for another program in Enugu,” Fr. Madu narrated, recalling the events that preceded his abduction on October 28.
He recounted his experience outside the gate of Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary where he serves as Vice-Rector saying, “Getting closer to the school gate, I heard sounds; it was confusing, I couldn't immediately wrap my head around where the sound was coming from.”
“They (abductors) were already stationed at the gate of the school,” Fr. Madu recalled and added in reference to the armed abductors, “I also think they were targeting someone who would come out from the school. I say this because while I was still asking the security man about the sound I heard, a red “Sienna” bus passed. So, if they weren't targeting someone from the school, they would have stopped that sienna (bus).”