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Catholic priest abducted in Ebonyi regains freedom

Catholic priest abducted in Ebonyi regains freedom
July 12
12:54 2023

Joseph Azubuike, a Catholic priest at Saint Charles Parish, Mgbaleze Isu in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi state, has been freed by his abductors.

Azubuike was abducted while returning from pastoral duties on Monday.

Three others were also abducted alongside the priest, with the kidnappers demanding ransoms.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mathew Opoke, chancellor of the Catholic diocese of Abakaliki, announced that the priest had regained his “unconditional” freedom.

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He said those abducted alongside Azubuike were also freed.

The chancellor thanked Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, the state governor, and security agencies in the community, for their efforts to secure their release.

“We are glad to inform you that Fr. Joseph Azubike, together with the other three persons, has regained freedom from his abductors,” the statement reads.

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“It is a thing of joy that God answered our prayers and granted the unconditional release of His servant in a very remarkable way.

“We are grateful to God for effecting this release. We are grateful to all those who swung into action on hearing the ugly news of his abduction together with three other persons.

“We thank His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi state for his determination and concern towards the safety of those who were abducted.

“We thank the security agencies and the youths of Isu community. We thank you for your prayers.”

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