Rome Newsroom, Dec 3, 2020 / 05:00 am MT (CNA).- A priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria has been released after being held captive for 10 days.
“We thank God for the safe release of our brother, Fr. Matthew Dajo … We thank you all for your kind prayers. We also thank the family of Fr. Dajo and all those who assisted in securing his release,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja said Dec. 2 in a statement sent to CNA.
“We pray that there will be improved security in the country. Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us,” the archbishop said.
Dajo was released by his kidnappers on Dec. 2, according to the archdiocese. During the 10 days that Dajo was held captive, Kaigama repeatedly appealed for people to pray for his safe release and for others also held captive.
On Dec. 1, the chancellor of Abuja archdiocese said: “His Grace requests that you and your parishioners should not relent, but rather, intensify your prayers for his safe return and for our country Nigeria. May Our Lady Queen of Nigeria continue to intercede for us. Amen.”
Dajo was abducted by gunmen on the night of Nov. 22 during an attack on the town of Yangoji, where his parish, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, is located.
“Armed bandits raided the community and shot sporadically for about 30 minutes,” Fr. Kevin Oselumhense Anetor told CNA’s African news partner, ACI Africa.
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