Father Maccalli, originally from the diocese of Crema, already a missionary in the Ivory Coast for several years, worked in the parish of Bomoanga, diocese of Niamey. His mission is located on the border with Burkina Faso and about 125 km from the capital Niamey. "In the last few months - the confreres explain to Fides - the police had warned the religious. The police and law enforcement agencies had in fact registered suspicious movements of jihadist militiamen right at the border with Burkina Faso". In order to protect their own safety, the missionaries had thus limited their travels and no longer left the mission during the night.
"After the abduction - report the Curia of SAM - Father Maccalli was probably brought beyond the border. In the neighboring region of Burkina Faso there is, in fact, a vast forest in which the jihadist militants have their bases. Currently the diocese of Niamey has sent a group of priests to the village of Father Maccalli to verify the facts and to make contact with the local community". (EC) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 18/9/2018)