- A Catholic priest, Malachy Asadu, has been kidnapped by gunmen in southeast Nigeria
- Benjamin Achi, communications director of Enugu Catholic Diocese, confirmed the news
- Asadu's kidnap occurred less than a month after the abduction of Arinze Madu
Malachy Asadu, a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Enugu state, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
The priest was kidnapped on Monday, November 25, along Imilike-Nsukka road in Nsukka local government area, The Cable reports.
The situation was confirmed by Benjamin Achi, communications director of Enugu Catholic diocese on Tuesday, November 26.
Asadu's kidnap came less than a month after Arinze Madu, a priest and vice-rector at the Queen of Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi-Owa in Ezeagu local government area of the state, was abducted and later freed.
Going further, the news outlet reports that Ebere Amaraizu, spokesman of Enugu state police command, did not respond to enquiries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Catholic priests in Nigeria expressed concern over the rampant cases of insecurity in the country and demanded that the federal government should declare emergency on kidnapping.
According to them, the menace has reached a dangerous dimension that their colleagues and religious sisters have now become targets of kidnappers.
The priests also joined those advocating for the government to ban the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
They also decried the rampant cases of harassment of Nigerians in IDPs camps, with a call on the government to check the trend and punish perpetrators.
The communique was signed by the International Director of CCFN, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, who is also executive secretary of JDPC.
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