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Kidnapped Cleric’s Wife Regains Freedom

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The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, on Friday in Lokoja, confirmed the release of the wife of the Anglican Bishop of Bari Diocese in Kano State, who was kidnapped last week.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Archbishop Okoh announced this during the consecration service of five new bishops and presentation of two archbishops, at the Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The service was broadcast live on the Church television channel and monitored by NAN in Abuja.

The victim, Mrs Saratu Zubairu and a Diocesan secretary simply identified as Deborah, were kidnapped on the morning of March 10, 2020.

They were taken by gunmen who reportedly laid siege to Gidan Mato in Bari, where the Anglican Cathedral and Bishop’s Court are situated, and looted the town and premises.

However, Okoh told the congregation that Zubairu and the secretary had regained their freedom.

NAN reports that the newly consecrated Bishops are Felix Olorunfemi for Etsako Diocese, Cletus Tambari, Gombe Diocese; Benson Chukwunweike for Awgu/Aninri Diocese.

Two Suffragan (assistant) bishops, were also consecrated for the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary body of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

They are Bishops Scott Seely and Celestine Ironna for CANA West.

Similarly, the Most Rev. Markus Ibrahim was presented as the new Archbishop of the Province of Jos, while the Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu for the Province of Bendel.

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