AFRICA/NIGERIA - The parish priest of St. Michael's Church in Umuekebi, Imo State kidnapped

Monday, 4 December 2023 kidnappings   priests  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Another Catholic priest, Father Kingsley Eze, has been kidnapped in Nigeria. The parish priest of St. Michael Church of Umuekebi in Osuoweerre Autonomous Community in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State (Southern Nigeria) was kidnapped on November 30 at around 8pm.
According to witnesses, gunmen attacked the priest, known locally as Father Ichie, along with another person, Uchenna Newman, as they got out of their car at an intersection to do some shopping. The bandits first robbed the street vendors, shooting indiscriminately and wounding a passerby, and then forced the priest and his companion to follow them.
According to a statement from the Diocese of Okigwe, Father Eze was on his way to administer the anointing of the sick to a parishioner when he was kidnapped. He has been parish priest of St. Michael parish since 2017. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/12/2023)