#BreakingNews another Catholic Priest is Kidnapped in Nigeria - Please Pray for Fr. Judekingsley Nonso Maduka

Fr Jude Kingsley Nonso Maduka of the Diocese Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria, Africa, was reportedly kidnapped on May 19th, 2023.
The Papal Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Fides Agency  reported the kidnapping of another Catholic priest in Nigeria.
Fr Jude Kingsley Nonso Maduka, parish priest of the parish of Christ the King, Ezinnachi-Ugwaku, Okigwe L.G.A., in the South-Eastern Imo State, was abducted on the 19th of May while visiting the newly built chapel for Eucharistic adoration in the Ogii village of Okigwe, the chancellor of the Okigwe diocese said.
The kidnapping is the latest among many from the West-African nation where abductions by bandits of Church personnel as well as Nigerian citizens have become a common occurrence.
According to data reported to Fides Agency by the Church in Nigeria, between 2021 and 2022, five priests were kidnapped in the diocese of Okigwe alone.
On April 15 of this year, another priest belonging to the clergy of the Okigwe diocese, Father Michael Ifeanyi Asomugha, was captured by bandits while driving on the Oriagu-Obowo highway on his way back from a diaconal ordination. He was released a few days later, thanks to his family.
In a statement released today Aid to the Church in Need, expresses "expresses strong concern for this criminal phenomenon which, it says, despite reassurances from authorities, continues to proliferate with no serious effective action to stem it.
The terrorist group Boko Haram, which was responsible for many kidnapping, aims at overthrowing Nigeria’s secular government and establishing an Islamic state. Since it was launched in 2009, more than 35,000 people have been killed in northern Nigeria and nearly 2 million have been displaced.
Edited from Vatican News - Fides - ACN
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