Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - The four priests kidnapped on 6 November near Abraka, near Benin in the Delta State, in southern Nigeria (see Fides 10/11/2018) have regained their freedom.
The priests were kidnapped on their way to a meeting in Uhielle, in the State of Edo by some armed men, who are suspected of being Fulani shepherds.
Church sources confirmed their release, which took place in the late evening of 9 November.
The priests were taken to Benin City for a medical check up after being rescued by a joint police force of Delta and Edo states.
The kidnappers fled when they saw that the police were approaching the refuge where the hostages were being held.
The victims are Victor Adigboluja of the diocese of Ijebu Ode; Anthony Otegbola, of the diocese of Abeokuta; Joseph Ediae, of the Archdiocese of Benin; and Emmanuel Obadjere, from the diocese of Warri.
Some suspects have been arrested by the police of the two States in connection with the abduction. According to sources of the Nigerian press, also the nuns abducted on October 25 in the Delta State (see Fides 30/10/2018) were released at the end of October. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 12/11/2018)