Ekiti, 15 January, 2023 / 9:31 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Diocese of Ekiti in Nigeria is calling on the people of God to pray for the safe release of Fr. Michael Olubunmi Olofinlade who was kidnapped on Saturday, January 14.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Sunday, January 15, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese announces the “unpleasant news of the abduction” of Fr. Olofinlade as directed by the Local Ordinary, Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye.
“Fr Olofinlade went for a pastoral assignment outside the parish. His abduction happened while he was on his way back to the Parish at about 6.00 pm,” Fr. Anthony Oluwole Ijasan says in reference to the Parish Priest of St. George Omu-Ekiti Catholic Church in Oye Local Government Area (LGA), Ekiti State.
Fr. Oluwole adds, “The place where Father was abducted was between Itaji-Ekiti and Ijelu-Ekiti, in the Oye Local Government Area in Ekiti State, about 4km to his parish headquarters.”
The Chancellor of Ekiti Diocese further says that Fr. Olofinlade’s abductors “are yet to make contact with the Bishop or any other person in the Diocese.”