ICC- A Catholic Priest in Cross River State, Nigeria was kidnapped last Friday. He was then released earlier today after a ransom was paid for his release. This is becoming more common as groups such as cults and gangs kidnap Christian Leaders for the ransom money. There have been multiple cases across much of Southern Nigeria in which priests and pastor have gone missing for a week or two and have only been released due to ransom. We pray for the safety of these leaders as they continue to try and lead our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
2017-12-13 Nigeria (DailyPost)-
A Catholic priest kidnapped in Cross River, Rev. Father Cyril Effiong Essien, has been released.
A highly placed Catholic Church source hinted DAILY POST that the victim was released along Egerton Street close to Catholic Church Cathedral.
Our reporter gathered that ransom was dropped for the kidnappers in an undisclosed location and the victim was released some hours later.
The Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Cyril Effiong Essien was kidnapped on Friday night at the Catholic Church in Awi, in Akamkpa local Government Area of Cross River State.
An eyewitness said that the incident occurred shortly after the Church’s evening program. He said over five heavily armed men invaded the church premises, shot on air and whisked the priest away.
DAILY POST was reliably informed that the kidnappers have contacted the family and demanded ransom.