Sokoto, 26 June, 2022 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Fr. Stephen Ojapah and Fr. Oliver Okpara who were abducted last month after gunmen stormed their residence at St. Patrick's Catholic Parish of Sokoto Diocese have gained their freedom, the Nigerian Diocese has confirmed.
In a note shared with ACI Africa Sunday, June 26, the Communications Director of Sokoto Diocese also announced the safe release of two other persons who had been kidnapped alongside the Parish Priest and his Assistant.
“With hearts full of joy, we announce that our brethren Fr. Stephen Ojapa, Fr. Oliver Okpara, Mr. Hassan Hassan & Ms. Ummie Hassan who were abducted by gunmen at midnight of 25th May, 2022 in the rectory of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State, have all gained freedom,” Fr Chris Omotosho says in his note dated June 26.
Fr. Omotosho adds, “We thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement and show of love. May the name of the Lord be praised, now and forever. Amen! Thank you!”
In a message shared with ACI Africa following the May 25 abduction of the individuals, Fr. Omotosho appealed for prayers “for their safety and release”.