After 10 days in captivity, an abducted Umuahia Catholic priest is released.

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Rev. Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey, a Catholic priest who was kidnapped by gunmen in Umuahia, Abia State, has been released after ten days in captivity.

Fr Chimezie, an Enugu State native who was ordained as a priest earlier this year, was abducted on October 13 at St Theresa’s Parish, along Enyiukwu Road, Ohokobe Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area.

In a statement issued on Saturday, October 23, the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia announced the priest’s release.

According to a statement signed by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, Rev Fr Chimezie was released unharmed.

Bishop Ugorji also expressed his deep gratitude to all bishops, priests, consecrated men and women as well as all Christian faithful who assisted in prayers during the difficult and trying period the priest was in captivity.

The statement did not reveal if any ransom was paid before the priest regained his freedom.

Abducted Umuahia Catholic priest regains freedom after 10 days in captivity


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