Nigeria: Kidnapped priest dies four days after escaping from abductors


On Wednesday September 19, a Catholic priest that was kidnapped died just four days after he escaped from his abductors.

Rev. Fr. Dr Louis Odudu, the Chaplain of the Seat of Wisdom Catholic Chaplaincy of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, was kidnapped last week Friday and he escaped on Saturday.

The priest was said to have been pronounced dead at a private hospital in Warri, hours after he reportedly complained of pains and demanded to be taken to a hospital .

A source said , “He was just assigned to the chaplaincy at PTI about two months before his kidnap and untimely death.
“It was a black Wednesday for the Diocese of Warri as Very Rev. Fr . Louis Odudu died on the day the diocese was holding a prayer vigil for one of the deceased priests, Very Rev . Fr. Stephen Ekakabor , who died early this month after battling with a brain injury he sustained when he was attacked by armed robbers. The robbers invaded the priest’s rectory in 2017 at his parish of St. Joseph , Okpare -Olomu , in the Ughelli South Local Government Area .”

The Director of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Warri, Rev. Fr. Dr Benedict Ukutegbe, confirmed the demise of the priest..

The deceased had worked as an Assistant Secretary-General at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria CSN, for about ten years and went on two years sabbatical in the UK before returning to the country about five months ago.

He was assigned to the chaplaincy at PTI as the chaplain about two months before his kidnap and untimely death.

May his soul rest in peace. Amen

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