The recently kidnapped Catholic priest of Otukpo Diocese in Benue State, Reverend Father Peter Amodu, has regained his freedom after three days in captivity.
A release signed by the Diocesan Chancellor, Rev Fr Joseph Aboyi Itoda, reads: “It is with grateful hearts that we announce the safe release of our priest, Rev Fr Peter Amodu (CSSp) from abduction. Fr Peter, who was kidnapped on 6th July, 2022, at about 4pm on the Otukpo-Ugbokolo highway in Benue State, was released unharmed today, 8th July, 2022, at about 8pm.
“We express our deepest appreciation to God for the safe release of our priest. We sincerely thank all the priests, religious, lay faithful and all people of goodwill who showed strong solidarity and offered prayers for the speedy and safe release of our brother. May the good Lord reward you without measure.
“As we continue to commend the lives of other numerous people who are held captive by criminal gangs in various parts of the country to the Lord for their safe rescue, we pray that through the efficacious intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lord will preserve us from all evil and restore sanity to our country Nigeria.”