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Abducted Enugu Catholic priest regains freedom

Valentine Chinyem

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Rev. Fr. Arinze Madu, a Catholic priest who was kidnapped in Enugu last Monday, has regained freedom.

Madu, was kidnapped at the gate of Queen of Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu local government area oof Enugu state, where he worked as the vice-rector.

Neither the church nor the police has confirmed if a ransom was paid to secure his release, however the Catholic church has always maintained it stand that it does not pay ransom to kidnappers, so as not to encourage them.

Ebere Amaraizu, the state police command spokesman, also confirmed that the cleric has been freed. He was, however, silent on how the operation was carried out.

The diocese also announced the news via its official Facebook page.

“The church has a long-held policy of not paying ransom for the kidnap of priests and has always discouraged criminal elements from seeing the kidnap of priests as a lucrative business,” it said.

Catholic priests in Enugu in recent times have been in the news, following incessant attacks on them, which led to the death of two priests last two months.

Priests in the state also took protested their killing at the Enugu State house of Assembly as well as the government house, this was in a bid to force the state government to ensure adequate security in the state.