The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State has confirmed the release of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas, barely 24 hours after he was abducted by some armed men. Silas was kidnapped from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church in Zambina, Kauru Local Government Area in the early hours of Monday, July 4.
The Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, confirmed his release through a statement on Tuesday, and thanked everyone who offered prayers for the priest.According to him, the victim was released at about 9 pm on Monday night less than 24 hours after his abduction.
The statement reads: “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our brother, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. “He was abducted by armed persons from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in Kauru Local Government Area, in the early hours of Monday, July 4th 2022.”
It is, however, unclear if any money was paid to secure the priest’s freedom.Barely three days after a community leader in the Birnin Gwari area council decried the payment of N400 million tax to terrorists, a Catholic priest has been abducted. It was reported that Reverend Father Emmanuel Silas of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Zambina, the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state was abducted by some yet-be-identified terrorists. Confirming the incident, the chancellor of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo said the terrorists stormed the area in the early hours of Monday, July 4.