Fr Mathew Dajo, of the Parish Catholic Church, Yangoji in Kwali Area council, has been released, he was released on Wednesday night, according to a source close to the incident.
The source said the priest was released around 9:23 pm on Wednesday, at an undisclosed forest, even as he declined to mention the ransom paid before he was released by his abductors. His kidnappers had demanded N100 million in ransom.
“We give glory to God for answering our prayers, being a member of the church, our Reverend father has regained his freedom this night, but I can’t say whether a ransom was payed or not,” he said.
The priest was said to have been abducted by gunmen who invaded his private residence in Yangoji village and whisked him away at gunpoint after sporadic shooting.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command ASP Mariam Yusuf, could not be reached to confirm the release of the Reverend father as at the time of filing this report.
It was gathered that the kidnappers made contact with a source on Saturday.
The source said contact was last established with the kidnappers on Saturday.
“His abductors did not call in until Saturday. They are demanding N100 million, but I don’t know what figure the man negotiating with them has been able to arrive at,” he said.
He said the church was solely depending on the family members and relatives of the victim to raise the ransom.
“The other thing we are more worried about is that when a reverend father is abducted, it is against the rules of the church to pay for the ransom, except the family members, friends or relatives of the victim can take such responsibility,” he said.
The Reverend has since been united with his family and church and has declined to make any statements so far.