Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jul 7, 2021 / 03:03 am
A Catholic diocese in Nigeria asked Tuesday for prayers for a priest abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
“Kindly join us in praying for the quick and safe release of Rev. Fr. Elijah Juma Wada, who was abducted by suspected members of Boko Haram sect along Damboa Maiduguri road in Borno State on Wednesday, June 30,” Fr. John Bakeni told ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner, on July 6.
Bakeni, the diocesan secretary of the Diocese of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, said that Juma had left St. Paul Catholic Buma Parish, where he serves as pastor, the day before the kidnapping.
“He spent the night in Biu Local Government Area before proceeding on his journey the following day (Wednesday, June 30) along Biu-Damaturu when he was abducted,” he explained.