Fr David Echioda, a Nigerian priest who was kidnapped after serving Sunday mass on 1st March has been released.
"I have been reliably informed that Fr David Echioda has been released by his abductors," Nigeria's Diocese of Otukpo said in a message to priests on Tuesday.
The priest was abducted by an armed group of men as he returned to the seminary from his missionary outpost in central Nigeria, where he had been celebrating the mass.
This kidnapping is the latest in a series of abductions and killings in Nigeria which have involved Catholics and other Christians; clergy, seminarians, and lay people.
Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Abuja called on the Nigerian President to address the violence and kidnappings during his speech at the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference.
"We need to have access to our leaders; president, vice president. We need to work together to eradicate poverty, killings, bad governance and all sorts of challenges facing us as a nation," Kaigama said according to Naija News.