Catholic Bishop abducted in Nigeria
Moses Chikwe, a Nigerian Catholic Bishop, was abducted on the 27th of December in the capital of Nigeria’s Imo State, Owerri.
Bishop Chikwe is the Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri.
In his press release addressed to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria members, Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi, secretary-general of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria refers to the Local Ordinary of Owerri saying, “His Grace, Archbishop (Anthony John Valentine) Obinna has announced the kidnap of his Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe.”
“Up to this moment, there has been no communication from the kidnappers,” Fr. Samjumi says in his press release shared with ACI Africa on Monday the 28th of December.
“Trusting in the maternal assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we pray for his safety and quick release,” the CSN Secretary-General adds in his press release circulated under the headline: “SAD EVENT FROM OWERRI.”
Various sources have confirmed the abduction of the 53-year-old Nigerian Bishop; all sources note that the Bishop’s whereabouts remain unknown.