A Catholic Priest and a seminarian were abducted by terrorists from St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Gyedna, Paikoro Local Government in Niger.
The abduction took place on Thursday morning at the parish residence.
The confirmation of this distressing event came from the Catholic bishop of Minna, Martins Uzoukwu. In a memo sent to all parishes across Niger State, he sought prayers for the abducted individuals, identified as Fr. Paul Sanogo (M.Afr) and Seminarian Melchior.
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The memo reads, “On behalf of my Auxiliary Most Rev Sylvester Luka Gopep, the Priests and Religious of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, I request your prayers for Fr. Paul Sanogo (M.Afr) and Seminarian Melchior, who were kidnapped by bandits in the early hours of August 3, 2023, at the priest’s residence at Gyedna, Niger State.”
Amid the ongoing crisis, the Catholic Bishop fervently prayed for the safe return of the abductees. The authorities were approached for a response, but the Niger State Police Command’s spokesperson, Abiodun Wasiu, did not respond to calls made to his mobile number.
Unfortunately, this abduction for ransom by bandits is a recurring issue in certain regions of the country. While some hostages manage to survive after ransom payments, others may not be as fortunate, facing prolonged captivity in the hands of their abductors. The situation remains a grave concern for the safety and security of individuals in affected areas.
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