A priest in Nigeria was abducted last week on 27 September, and subsequently released two days later. The kidnappers released him when they were told by the Catholic Church that there would be no ransom paid. This is not the first time this year that a church leader has been kidnapped in Nigeria. There have been at least three other cases of priests being kidnapped while travelling in Nigeria. In two of the cases, the men were rescued within days of the capture. The third however ended with the murder of the Catholic Father. It has become more common as the year continues for criminals to target Christians for ransom in Nigeria.
2017-10-05 Nigeria (ICN) Another Catholic priest in the south of Nigeria, Fr Lawrence Adorolo, of St Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella in the State of Edo, was abducted last week.
The Bishop of Auchi, Mgr Gabriel Dunia said in a statement: "Rev Adorolo was on his way back from Auchi to his parish at St Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella, when he was abducted by gunmen at a bad spot near Okpella about 6pm on Wednesday, 27 September".
In condemning the kidnapping of the priest, defined as an "abominable act", the Bishop revealed that "the abductors have made contact with the church for ransom. The church does not pay ransom", Mgr Dunia reiterated, confirming the line adopted by the Nigerian Bishops' Conference to reject any request for ransom.
"The diocese is calling for an unconditional release of the priest. We are holding a Mass for the unconditional release of the priest", concluded the Bishop.
Fr Adorolo's kidnapping is the latest in a string of attacks and abductions of Catholic priests in Nigeria.
According to Fides, this year alone at least three priests have been kidnapped.