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Kidnapped Enugu Catholic priest regains freedom

Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Okide, the parish priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Amofia-Agu Affa in Enugu State, has regained his freedom from those who abducted him.

Okide was on Sunday kidnapped by gunmen alongside six other persons at about 5 p.m. along Eke-Egede-Affa-Akpakwume Nze Road in Udi Local Government Area of the state.

However, the Chancellor/Secretary of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Chidi Agubuchie, confirmed his release in a statement, Friday morning.

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Agubuchie said: “We are glad to inform you that our brother and priest, Fr Marcellinus Obioma Okide, has been released from the den of the kidnappers,” adding that the leadership of the diocese was grateful to God for his protection over the priest and to all Catholic faithful for their prayers throughout the “difficult period.”

He did say whether any ransom was paid before the kidnappers released okide the other six persons.