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Two Catholic priests abducted 3 weeks ago in Niger regain freedom

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Minna, Most Rev. Dr. Martins Uzoukwu

The two Catholic Priests abducted three weeks ago by Bandits in Gyedna village in Tafa local government area of Niger state have regained their freedom.

Confirming their release on Thursday, the Vice Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Minna, Reverend Father Ben Nnadi said “I just want to officially inform you that Rev Fr. Paul Sanogo and brother Melchior Mahinini are in safe hands and are doing well”.

It should be recalled that, the two abductees Rev Fr. Paul Sanogo who hails from Mali and brother Melchior Mahinini from Tanzania were both whisked out of their parish residence at night by the bandits who invaded their community on Wednesday, 2 August, 2023.

In a signed appreciation letter addressed to all Priests, Religious, and the Lay Faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Minna and made available to newsmen, it was not stated whether ransoms were paid to secure their release or not.

According to the letter tagged “Appreciation To God and All”, the Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude to God for answering prayers offered on behalf of the two Priests.

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The signed letter

While calling for continued prayers for the safety of all Priests all over the world, the vice Chancellor on behalf of the Catholic Bishop of Minna, and his Auxiliary thanked the Faithfuls for their prayers and support rendered during the period

Accordingly, he said “on behalf of the Bishop, Most Rev Martins Igwe Uzoukwu and his Auxiliary Most Rev Slyvester Gopep, we wish to appreciate God for answered prayers”.

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