Three religious brothers have been kidnapped from a Monastery in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin.
The three were taken out from the Benedictine Monastery, Eruku in Nigeria’s Kwara State at 1am on October 17.
According to Fr. Chris Ateyobi, the Communications Director of Ilorin, armed Fulani bandits attacked the monastery and made away with the three victims, Brothers Godwin Eze, Anthony Eze and Peter Olarewaju.
Brs. Anthony Eze and Peter Olarewaju are postulants while Br. Godwin Eze is a novice at the monastery which is located in north central Nigeria.
Fr. Anselm said that while he had not received an update on the situation of the three religious brothers, their kidnapping had already been reported to the Nigerian authorities.
In an appeal for prayers for the three, the Diocesan Administrator of Ilorin said, “Let us commence our prayers for their protection and quick release from the hands of the bandits. The security agencies are being notified about this unfortunate incident.”
“May our blessed mother Mary intercede for our brothers who are in the den of the kidnappers and may she deliver us from every evil through Christ our Lord Amen,” Fr. Anselm said.
The Catholic Diocese of Ilorin Serves Kwara State is bordered to the east by Kogi State, to the north by Niger State, and to the South by Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States.