Gunmen abduct Nigeria’s Methodist Church leader, Samuel Kanu


Rev Samuel Kanu

By Valentine Amanze

The head of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, RevSamuel Kanu, has been abducted along with two other priests on their way back from a church on Sunday by yet-to-be identified gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Abia State Police Command, Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the abduction in Umuahia on Monday, disclosed that the police were working hard to rescue them unhurt.

The clerics were abducted at the Leru-Nkwoagu Isuochi junction in Umunneochi council of Abia State, South-East Nigeria.

“His Eminence, Samuel Kanu, is a peace-loving Christian leader” whose abduction “came as a shock”, the Very Rev Nosakhare Nosayaba of Abuja’s Methodist Cathedral of Unity told the BBC.

“We are holding an hourly chain-prayer for him and the other priests he was kidnapped with. He was actually preparing for his retirement later this year.”


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