Catholic Diocese Sends Out Prayer Appeal for Three Kidnapped from Nigerian Monastery

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The Catholic Diocese of Ilorin in Nigeria is appealing for prayers for the safety of three religious brothers who were kidnapped from their monastery in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 17.

In an interview with ACI Africa on Thursday, October 19, Fr. Chris Ateyobi, the Communications Director of Ilorin said that nothing had been heard about the whereabouts of Godwin Eze, Anthony Eze and Peter Olarewaju who were kidnapped from Benedictine Monastery, Eruku in Nigeria’s Kwara State at 1am.

“We have not heard about the kidnapped religious brothers yet. But we continue to request for prayers for their safety so that they may be found,” Fr. Chris said.

Brs. Anthony Eze and Peter Olarewaju are postulants while Br. Godwin Eze is a novice at the monastery which is located in north central Nigeria.

A message that Fr. Anselm Pendo Lawani, the Diocesan Administrator of Ilorin shared with ACI Africa indicates that armed Fulani bandits attacked the monastery and made away with the three.


Fr. Anselm said that while he had not received an update on the situation of the three religious brothers, their kidnapping had already been reported to the Nigerian authorities.

In an appeal for prayers for the three, the Diocesan Administrator of Ilorin said, “Let us commence our prayers for their protection and quick release from the hands of the bandits. The security agencies are being notified about this unfortunate incident.”

“May our blessed mother Mary intercede for our brothers who are in the den of the kidnappers and may she deliver us from every evil through Christ our Lord Amen,” Fr. Anselm said. 

The Catholic Diocese of Ilorin Serves Kwara State is bordered to the east by Kogi State, to the north by Niger State, and to the South by Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States. 

Some of these states, including Kogi and Niger continue to witness attacks perpetrated by armed Fulani herdsmen and other bandits. A report by Intersociety in April indicated that more than 150 people had been slaughtered in Christian parts of Niger State in 100 days alone. And of the 707 Christians that had been abducted in the same period, 200 abductions were carried out in Niger alone.

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Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.