Nigeria: Father Peter Amodu released, kidnapped on Wednesday


The diocese of Otukpo announced in a press release the release of Father Peter Amodu, kidnapped on Wednesday July 6 in Benue State in Nigeria. 

Father Peter Amodu was released Friday evening July 8 after spending three days in the hands of his captors, the diocese of Otukpo announced in a statement.

Vatican News reports that the secretary general of the diocese expressed his gratitude to God for this release and thanked "priests, religious, laity, Christians, as well as all people of good will" for their prayers as well as for their testimonies of solidarity. The diocese does not forget to also mention the many other people still in captivity in several regions of the country.

“We pray that through the effective intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lord will preserve us from all evil and restore reason to our country, Nigeria. »

The priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritani) had been removed on July 6 around 17 p.m. while he was going to celebrate mass in Okwungaga-Ugbokolo, according to a previous press release from the diocese.

Kidnappings are commonplace in Nigeria and this kidnapping is the latest in a long line. Recently two other priests who had been abducted were also freed.

Sunday, July 3 Nigerian police have indeed released Father Luigi Brena, a 64-year-old Italian missionary, while the charity Aid to the Church in Need announced the release of Father Emmanuel Silas, kidnapped on July 4.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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