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Kidnapped family of murdered Anglican Priest regain freedom

West & Central Africa

Kidnapped family of murdered Anglican Priest regain freedom

The family of the Anglican Priest, Father Anthony Idris Jatau, a Priest from the Diocese of Sokoto, whose family were kidnappedby Fulani Herdsmen on 7 February 2018, have been released, the Bishop Of Sokoto Diocese said.

The kidnappers had demanded a of ₦10 million (about £21,500) ransom but no money was given for their release, Bishop said. “We thank all who have been a shoulder of support to us in our predicament”, the Diocese said in a Facebookpost.

Jata’u’s wife, confirmingher release, said during their captivity, their kidnappers had wanted to hold back a 10-year-old orphaned girl, but she pleaded for her release and the captors granted her request.

It has emerged that the kidnappers had threatened to rape one of their captives at gunpoint; but did not carry out their threat.

Jatau, who had survived a previous kidnapping, in September 2006, while serving at St Andrew’s Church in the Diocese of Nnewi, had studied at the Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary in Abeokuta, in Ogun State, prior to ordination and was on his way to report at his new posting when he was murdered.

In hertestimonyto the church, one of the daughters said, “our Mummy conquered in the bush such that even the commandant of the bush would normally order everyone “please keep quiet madam is praying”. The girl whose name was not given, said Jatau’s wife saved a girls who was also kinapped and was in the bush with them, and when they were released, “Mummy pleaded with the terrorists to let her go with the girl and the request was granted; nothing was paid for her release!”

Image Credits: CC/ Anglican Communion News

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