A Catholic priest, who was abducted on Friday evening in Anambra State, has been freed. AnambraPeople reports.
The cleric, Stanislaus Mbamara, a reverend father, was abducted while he was returning from Awka, the state capital, to Nnewi.
Mr Mbamara, who works with the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, is also a student at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The Chancellor of the diocese, Raphael Ezeogu, announced the release of the cleric in a statement on Sunday night.
His release comes exactly two days after his abduction.
“With joy, Nnewi Diocese is announcing that today June 4, 2023, Rev. Fr. V Stanislaus Mbamara, kidnapped two days ago, has been liberated,” Mr Ezeogu, also a Catholic priest, said in the statement.
“We sincerely thank all who joined us in prayer for God’s intervention. Please join us in happily acknowledging God’s compassion once again palpably manifested,” he added.
The chancellor did not state how the cleric was released or whether ransom was paid. However, apart from deliberate killings by gunmen in Anambra and other states in the South-east, kidnapping for ransom is also rampant.