Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - A Nigerian Catholic priest died four days after he escaped from his abductors’ den. Louis Odudu, died in a hospital in Warri, in the State of Delta (southern Nigeria), on September 19.
The immediate cause of his death could not be ascertained, it was gathered that the incident was not unconnected with his abduction.
The governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed his condolences to His Exc. Mgr. John 'Oke Afareha, Bishop of Warri, for the tragic death of Fr. Odudu. The governor also reiterated his government's commitment "to ensure the safety of lives and property".
Fr. Odudu, who was ordained priest of the Catholic Diocese of Warri in 1987, had reportedly been in the United Kingdom for years. He was said to have returned to Nigeria about five months ago when he was abducted.
Fr. Odudu was currently the Chaplain of the Seat of Wisdom Catholic Chaplaincy of the Petroleum Training Institute. Previously, he was a former Assistant Secretary-General at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
Catholic priests in the state have been under attack in recent times, as no fewer than five priests had been abducted in 2018 alone. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/9/2018)