AFRICA/NIGERIA - Nigerian priest kidnapped on September 1 has been released

Thursday, 6 September 2018 kidnappings   priests  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Christopher Ogaga, pastor of the Emmanuel Catholic Church in Oviri-Okpe, in the State of the Delta, kidnapped on the evening of Saturday, September 1 while traveling from Okpe to Warri, in southern Nigeria (see Fides, 5/9/2018) has been released.
According to Fr. Clement Abobo, chancellor of the diocese of Warri, the priest was released yesterday, September 5, without having paid a ransom of 15 million naira. "As soon as they understood that nobody would pay the ransom, they released him", said Fr. Abobo to Help for the Church in Need. According to Fr. Adobo, Fr. Ogaga is in good condition. "We went to see him at the hospital yesterday where he is undergoing medical check-up. During the kidnapping, he was not beaten, but was kept outside in the rain all the time, without food or water. Now he is fine and he is obviously happy to have been released". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/9/2018)