AFRICA/NIGERIA - Another priest kidnapped in Nigeria within days

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 kidnappings   priests  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – A few days after the kidnapping of Father Basil Gbuzuo (see Fides, 17/5/2024), another priest has been kidnapped in Nigeria. He is Father Oliver Buba from Yola Diocese in Adamawa State. This was disclosed by the Bishop of Yola, Stephen Dami Mamza, in a statement saying that Father Buba was abducted from the dining room of the presbytery of St. Rita Parish at around 1am on May 21st. Adamawa State is in northeastern Nigeria, while Anambra State, where Father Gbuzuo was kidnapped on May 15, is in south-central Nigeria, not far from the federal capital, Abuja. This confirms that kidnapping for ransom is a widespread crime throughout the Nigerian Federation, including mass kidnappings, especially of schoolchildren and students (see Fides, 14/5/2024). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 22/5/2024)