AFRICA/NIGERIA - The parish priest kidnapped on Sunday, February 6 released

Tuesday, 8 February 2022 priests   kidnappings  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Joseph Danjuma Shekari, Nigerian priest kidnapped on the night of Sunday, February 6, has regained his freedom (see Fides, 7/2/2022).
According to a statement from the diocese of Kafanchan, sent to Fides, Fr. Shekari was released around 10.30 pm (local time) on Monday February 7.
Fr. Joseph Danjuma Shekari, parish priest of St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Ikulu Parish, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in north-central Nigeria was kidnapped around 11.30 pm on Sunday February 6 by armed men who had stormed the parish house. The cook of the parish house was killed in the attack.
In the communiqué, the diocese of Kafanchan thanks the faithful who offered prayers for the priest's release and asks the priests of the diocese to officiate masses of suffrage for the killed cook and give thanks for the release of Fr. Shekari. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 8/2/2022)