, 19 November, 2019 / 1:44 AM
Nearly two weeks after Fr. Arinze Madu, the Vice-Rector at Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary was abducted outside the seminary gate and released two days later, Nigeria’s diocese of Enugu has yet again had a priest, Fr. Theophilus Ndulue abducted and released a day later.
The Director of Communications of Enugu diocese in Nigeria, Fr. Benjamin Achi confirmed to ACI Africa Sunday, November 17 about the release of Fr. Ndulue saying “Yes, he is out.”
The news of Fr. Ndule’s release from kidnappers came after the Enugu Police Commander had said his office “has commenced a massive manhunt of abductors,” a report indicated.
According to a Nigerian bi-weekly newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, The choice flame, Fr. Ndulue was rescued between Eke and Egede, Udi local Government area.
The priest who was reported to have been kidnapped Friday, November 15, from a diocesan pastoral council meeting that was held at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu was on his way back to his residence in the company of the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) President of his parish.
The two, (Fr. Ndulue and CWO president) were attacked by the suspected kidnappers and an hour later, only the CWO president was released.
In an earlier report to ACI Africa by Fr. Achi, “The government of Enugu had pledged its commitment to see to the protection of the lives and properties of the citizens and to stem the tide of this spate of insecurity in the land.”
Abduction of Catholic priests in Nigeria has multiplied in the past months, a phenomenon that has raised fear among the clergy in Africa’s most populous country.
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