The two Catholic priests and others who were abducted by bandits in Katsina State have regained freedom.
Gunmen had on May 25, 2022, invaded the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local Government Area and kidnapped Fr. Stephen Ojapa, Fr. Oliver Okpara, Mr. Hassan Hassan and Ms. Ummie Hassan.
The Director, Social Communications, Diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Chris Omotosho, confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday, June 26.
“With hearts full of joy, we announced that our brethren Fr. Stephen Ojapa, Fr. Oliver Okpara, Mr. Hassan Hassan & Ms. Ummie Hassan who were abducted by gun men at midnight of 25th May, 2022 in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State, have all gained freedom,” the statement read.
“We thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement and show of love. May the name of the Lord be praised, now and forever. Amen! Thank you!”
Fr. Stephen Ojapa after his release