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February 26, 2024

Kidnappings in Nigeria extremely concerning – Pope

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Pope Francis has expressed worry over the rising kidnappings in Nigeria, describing the development as “extremely concerning.”

The Pope prayed that efforts by the Nigerian authorities to contain the menace yield fruit “as much as possible.”

He stated this in a statement via his X account on Sunday.

He stated, “The increasingly frequent kidnappings in Nigeria are extremely concerning. I express my closeness in prayer to the Nigerian people, hoping that efforts will be made to contain the spread of these incidents as much as possible.”

His comment comes on the heels of the rising cases of kidnapping in several parts of Nigeria.

Abductors have laid siege to many parts of the country, kidnapping people for ransom.

Some others have also been killed by the abductors, prompting police authorities in Nigeria to launch a crackdown on the criminals.