Priest abducted by Boko Haram regains his freedom
According to Vanguard News, Father Elijah Juma Wada of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, has been freed from Boko Haram captivity.
“The news of the freedom of our brother is true. We thank God for his life. We are grateful to God for the cheering news,” a source told Vanguard News.
Father Wada reportedly left Shani Local Government Area on the 28th of June June. The car that he was driving was later found along the roadside, empty with bullet holes littered throughout.
It is not yet clear how the priest regained his freedom. While some allege the Diocese paid the ransom for his release, others report that Father Wada escaped his abductors along with several other captives.
Jihadist attacks in West Africa have been on the rise since the beginning of this year, with Nigeria being consistently targeted more than any other country in the region. Terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, Fulani Militants, and ISWAP have killed tens of thousands of Christians and displaced millions in an attempt to discard western influence and impose strict Islamic Sharia law.