Abducted Kaduna Catholic priest regains freedom

Catholic priest Rev Dr Emmanuel Silas

Kaduna-based Catholic priest Rev. Fr Emmanuel Silas has been released by his abductors barely 24 hours after he was taken captive.

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State confirmed his release.

Fr Silas was kidnapped from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church in Zambina, Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna in the early hours of Monday.

In a statement, chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, thanked everyone who offered prayers for the quick release of the priest.

“With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our brother, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas.

“He was abducted by armed persons from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in Kauru Local Government Area, in the early hours of Monday, July 4th 2022,” the statement read.