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Kidnapped priest released after a day in northern Nigeria

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"Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors". Thus Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu, Chancellor of the diocese of Kafanchan, announced the release of Fr. Luka Benson Yakusak, kidnapped on the evening of September 13.

“Fr. Benson was abducted by armed persons from his residence at St. Matthew’s Parish Anchuna, in Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021”, recalls Fr. Uchechukwu.

“We want to thank all those that have offered prayers and entreaties for the quick release of our brother priest and others who are still in the dens of their kidnappers”, said Fr. Uchechukwu, who invoked the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The priests of the diocese of Kafanchan were invited to celebrate a thanksgiving mass for the release of their confrere.

The statement does not say exactly how and when the priest was released, nor if a ransom was paid, but it does emphasize that Fr. Benson was released “barely 24 hours after his kidnap”.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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