Kidnapped Nigerian Catholic priest freed

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The Catholic priest who was kidnapped on Monday has been freed.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of Arinze, a reverend father.

This newspaper learnt that Mr Madu, a Vice-Rector at the Queen of Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, was kidnapped at the gate of the institution on Monday.

His kidnap came barely two months after two Catholic priests of Enugu Diocese were kidnapped and killed.

Mr Madu’s release was announced by the Enugu State government in a statement Wednesday evening.

The statement quoted the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, as saying that “the priest was released unhurt, Wednesday afternoon.”

The statement was silent on whether or not ransom was paid for the release.

Read the full statement by the Enugu government below.

The Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Arinze Madu of Queen of Apostles Seminary, Imezi Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area, Enugu State, who was abducted on Monday at the gate of the institution by unknown hoodlums has regained his freedom.

Confirming his release, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said that “the priest was released unhurt, Wednesday afternoon”.

It would be recalled that the Enugu State Government had charged the security agencies to ensure the rescue of the priest.

The state command of the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies had intensified efforts in the manhunt for the freedom of the kidnapped priest.

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu in its official Facebook page, also confirmed the release of the priest, stating that “Father Madu, the kidnapped priest of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has been released”.

It added that Father Madu “was released this (Wednesday) afternoon from the kidnappers’ den.”

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