Catholic church confirms release of kidnapped Benue priest

The Catholic priest, Rev Fr Peter Amodu, who was abducted by gunmen in the Otukpo area of Benue State has been released.

Fr Amodu, who is in charge of Holy Ghost Parish at Eke-Olengbeche, under Otukpo Diocese, was released on Friday at about 8:30pm.

The priest was kidnapped last Wednesday at about 5pm along Otukpo-Ugbokolo Road while he was on his way to celebrate the Holy Mass in Okwungaga- Ughbokolo.

Confirming Amodu’s release in a statement titled, “Release of Rev Fr Peter Amodu from abduction,” and signed by the Diocesan Chancellor, Rev Fr Joseph Itodo, the diocese thanked the priests, religious, lay faithful, and people of goodwill who showed solidarity and offered prayers for the speedy and safe release of the abducted priest.

“It is with grateful hearts that we announce the safe release of our priest, Rev Fr Peter Amodu, from abduction. Fr Peter, who was kidnapped on July 6, 2022, at about 5pm along Otukpo/Ugbokolo highway, Benue State, was released unharmed today (Friday), July 8, 2022 at about 8:30pm,” the statement added.

The church also prayed for the safe rescue of other people still held by kidnappers across the country.

It could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report whether a ransom was paid for the release of the priest.

Efforts to get the reaction of the state police command’s spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, on the release of the priest were not successful as she did respond to phone calls.

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