Head Of Methodist Church Freed By Kidnappers
Concerns have been raised about Nigeria’s spiraling insecurity after His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche, the head of the Methodist Church in the country, was kidnapped on Sunday before being released.
On Monday, the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom issued a statement expressing “great shock and concern” over the kidnapping of the Most Rev Dr. Samuel Kanu.
However, late Monday night, the BBC reported that the prelate had been released, albeit it was unclear how he had been released.
On Sunday, the cleric was abducted alongside the Methodist Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Dennis Mark, and the Prelate’s Chaplain, the Very Rev Jeremiah Shittu.
After attending a function, they were kidnapped along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, south-east Nigeria.
In Nigeria’s Christian community, his release has sparked joy.
Members of the Methodist Church in the country began hourly chain prayers for the release of Dr Kanu and the other priests as soon as the news of their kidnapping became public.
After his detention, the Very Rev Nosakhare Nosayaba of Abuja’s Methodist Cathedral of Unity told the BBC, “His Eminence, Samuel Kanu, is a peace-loving Christian leader” whose abduction “came as a shock.”