Kidnapped Nigerian priest found murdered

08 April 2016

iSTOCK

Landmark: Zuma Rock, which overlooks the Kaduna-Abuja highway, where the priests were abducted

Landmark: Zuma Rock, which overlooks the Kaduna-Abuja highway, where the priests were abducted

THE body of a priest abducted in Kaduna State, Nigeria, has been found after his abduction with two church colleagues on 21 March, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports.

He was the Revd liya Anto, who was Vice-president of the United Church Of Christ in Nigeria, in Kaduna city, and with him were the President of the Church, Dr Emmanuel Dziggau, and the Revd Yakubu Dzarma. The three men had been travelling to clear a piece of land for the foundation of a seminary.

Mr Anto’s body was discovered on 30 March, in the bush. He had recently undergone an operation and required medication. His two colleagues were released by their captors that evening, and are reported to be now recovering in hospital.

On 29 March, the body of a kidnapped Nigerian soldier, Colonel Samaila Inusa, was also discovered in the bush.

The chief executive of CSW, Mervyn Thomas, said that the abductions pointed to a “worrying breakdown in law and order. We urge the authorities to step up security in the area, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Forthcoming Events

21-22 February 2020
Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature
With Sam Wells, Catherine Fox, Mark Oakley, Suzannah Lipscomb and many others. 
See the full programme

26 March 2020
Theology Slam Live Final
Theology Slam is back, continuing its search for the most engaging young voices on theology and the contemporary world. Find out more

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read five articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)