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Parish priest kidnapped on Sunday released the day after


Fr. Joseph Danjuma Shekari, a Nigerian priest kidnapped on the night of Sunday, the 6th of February, has regained his freedom.

According to a statement from the diocese of Kafanchan, sent to Fides, Fr. Shekari was released around 10.30 pm (local time) on Monday, the 7th of February.

Fr. Joseph Danjuma Shekari, parish priest of St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Ikulu Parish, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in north-central Nigeria was kidnapped around 11.30 pm on Sunday, the 6th of February by armed men who had stormed the parish house. The cook of the parish house was killed in the attack.

In the communiqué, the diocese of Kafanchan thanks the faithful who offered prayers for the priest’s release and asks the priests of the diocese to officiate masses of suffrage for the killed cook and give thanks for the release of Fr. Shekari.

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