Rev Fr Joseph Shekari, the priest in charge of St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Ikulu Fari Parish, in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has been released by his captors after 24 hours in captivity.
This newspaper had reported on Monday that terrorists invaded the residence of the priest around 11:30 pm on Sunday shooting sporadically, killing his personal cook before taking him away.
It was also learnt that the gunmen carted away N2 million realised from a thanksgiving service in the Parish.
The Paramount Chief of the Chawai Chiefdom, Alhaji Mohammed, confirmed the release of abducted priest to The PUNCH on Tuesday morning.
“We thank God immensely for answering our prayers and facilitating his return to us unhurt,” Mohammed said.
As of the time of filing this report, Middle Belt Times could not independently verify the condition in which the priest was released by his abductors.