In a remarkable turn of events, Rev. Fr. Paul Sanogo and Brother Melchior Mahinini, missionaries of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, who were abducted on August 2, 2023, by armed bandits in Gyedna, Niger State, have been released.
The news was confirmed by Rev. Fr. Ben Nnadi, the Vice Chancellor of the diocese, who stated that the victims were freed on Wednesday night.
This is a major win for the Catholic Diocese and the Nigerian authorities, who have been working tirelessly to secure their release.
The vice Chancellor on behalf of the Catholic Bishop of Minna, and his Auxiliary thanked the Faithfuls for their prayers and support rendered during the period,” the statement read.
"On behalf of the Bishop, Most Rev Martins Igwe Uzoukwu, and his Auxiliary Most Rev Sylvester Gopep, we wish to appreciate God for answered prayers
“I just want to officially inform you that Rev Fr Paul Sanogo and Brother Melchior Mahinini are in safe hands and are doing well.”
He further called for continued prayers for the safety of all Priests all over the world.