One Priest Released and Another Kidnapped in Nigeria

Kidnappings of priests, religious and Christian lay people are becoming common currency in Nigeria, a country that has the worst security rates for Christians according to a report.

Redaction (19/12/ 2022 12:00 PM, Gaudium Press) Unfortunately the news about kidnappings of priests in Nigeria seems to be repeating itself more and more. The latest victim of the kidnappers was priest Abang Ochang, taken by force last November 24th along with other faithful.

Father Abang Ochang is the pastor of St. Stephen’s Church, a Roman Catholic Mission church in the southeastern diocese of Ogoja. The abductees were on their way to the capital, Abuja, when they were attacked by the criminals who took them by force. The news of the kidnapping was made by the Ogoja diocesan board of education. So far there is no news about the kidnapped men.

A priest is released, but kidnappings become customary in the country

Coincidentally, on the same day, priest Victor Ishiwu, pastor of St. Jude Church in Eburummiri, who had been kidnapped since November 19, was released during an adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. According to reports, the priest is doing well.

Nigeria is experiencing increasing rates of violence against Christians. Last year, the Open Doors report concluded that Nigeria is the most dangerous country for Christians. In fact, according to the data of the document, a Christian is killed every two hours in the country. (FM)

Compiled by Angelica Vecchiato 

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