CNA Staff, Mar 26, 2021 / 04:00 am
A Catholic priest in Nigeria is recovering after a week-long kidnapping ordeal.
Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, a priest of the Diocese of Warri in Delta State, was freed on March 21, Fr. Benedict Okutegbe, administrator of Sacred Heart Cathedral in the city of Warri, confirmed on Thursday.
Okutegbe told ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner: “We are grateful to God for the safe release of Fr. Harrison Egwuenu.”
He added: “Fr. Egwuenu is doing OK Of course, he needs time to overcome the traumatic experience.”
The priest, who formerly served as Warri diocese’s director of social communications, thanked Catholics for their prayers.
We all prayed and our prayers were heard. To God be the glory,” he commented.
Egwuenu was kidnapped March 15 as he was returning to St. George’s College, Obinomba, where he was recently appointed principal.
Okutegbe previously told ACI Africa that Egwuenu was seized by unknown gunmen at about 8 p.m. in Oria-Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area.