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Nigerian priest kidnapped in May has been released

Fr. Joe Keke, the priest kidnapped on the night of May 20 in the attack on the parish of St. Vincent Ferrer in Malunfashi, in the state of Katsina, in northern Nigeria has been released. Together with him, the bandits had kidnapped Father Alphonsus Bello, whose body was found the next morning not far from the parish.

 

This was announced yesterday, the 3rd of June, by the Director of Communications of the diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Chris Omotosho. “We announce that Fr. Keke has been released from the hands of his captors. We thank those who prayed for his release”.

The seventy-five-year-old priest was taken to a health facility to check his health conditions.

Kidnappings for the purpose of extortion are now a daily plague in various areas of Nigeria, and in many cases among the victims include priests, men and women religious, despite the express prohibition imposed for years by the local Bishops’ Conference on paying ransoms.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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