Abducted priest freed in Nigeria
According to the Nigeria Daily Post, Reverend Prof. Izu Marcell Onyeocha of Mother Theresa Golgotha Catholic Church was kidnapped by suspected Fulani Militants early Saturday morning while driving along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Express Road in Imo state. The priest’s release was confirmed on Monday via a statement by the Owerri provincial secretary of Claretian Missionaries.
Nigeria has dealt with significant internal violence for years, mostly at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group and militant Fulani herdsmen.
Tens of thousands have been killed or abducted by these two groups, and hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced. ICC’s analysis shows that the majority of civilian and government deaths in 2020 happened at the hands of Fulani militants rather than Boko Haram terrorists or bandits.
Despite this fact, the government of Nigeria continues to largely ignore the Fulani crisis in favor of the more easily defined terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram and the simpler criminal threat posed by vaguely defined bandits.