Priest Felix Zakari Fidson released in Nigeria

“We want to thank everyone who offered prayers for the speedy release of our dear brother. We pray to God to hasten the release of those who are still in the hands of their captors. »

He had been abducted alongside a hundred other people on March 24 in Kaduna State in Nigeria, the priest Felix Zakari Fidson was released on May 3.

“We want to thank everyone who offered prayers for the speedy release of our dear brother. We pray to God to hasten the release of those who are still in the hands of their captors,” added Father Patrick Adikwu Odeh.

To combat kidnappings, the Nigerian Senate approved a bill last month that punishes anyone who pays a ransom to free a kidnapped person with at least 15 years' imprisonment. This bill also specifies that the crime of kidnapping is punishable by death if the victim dies. "A largely symbolic gesture", according to the comments of the observers taken up by International Christian Concern, since if the families of the victims are most often known, the kidnappers are rarely arrested.

For Dr Monday Ubani, head of the bar association's public affairs section, "the truth is that kidnap victims pay ransom out of desperation and helplessness, knowing that the state has failed and is unable to protect lives and property or to secure the release of their loved ones".

MC

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