The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, has confirmed the release of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas, barely 24 hours after he was abducted by some armed men.
Silas was kidnapped from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church in Zambina, Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, July 5, the 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.
It is, however, unclear if any money was paid to secure the priest’s freedom.
Kaduna and other north-western states have been ravaged by the bandits’ activities who continue to kidnap people at will.
Despite repeated assurances by the Federal and state governments as well as relentless efforts of security agencies, the terrorists keep having a field day with Nigerians at their mercy.