CNA Staff, Mar 19, 2021 / 04:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
A Catholic diocese in Nigeria appealed on Thursday for prayers for the “speedy release” of a priest abducted March 15.
Fr. Benedict Okutegbe, administrator of Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Diocese of Warri, said March 18: “Please, join us in prayer for the speedy release of Fr. Harrison Egwuenu who was kidnapped at about 8 p.m. on Monday at a bad spot in Oria-Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, and for peace and security in Nigeria.”
Okutegbe told ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner, that the priest was returning to St. George’s College, Obinomba, where he was recently appointed principal when he was “kidnapped by armed gunmen who took him to an unknown destination.”
“The authorities have been notified and a manhunt has been launched for the abductors,” he said.
Okutegbe, who previously served as Warri diocese’s director of social communications, described Egwuenu as a “dedicated and hardworking priest.”