The kidnapping of clergy and other Catholics is an ongoing problem in Africa’s most populous country.
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Bishops in Nigeria have repeatedly called on the government to do more to improve security in the country.
The May 17 attack occurred days after Nigerian military personnel conducted aerial strikes across locations believed to be occupied by bandits in Kaduna State.
Nigeria’s Catholic bishops have repeatedly called on the government to put in place strict measures to protect its population.
During the 10 days that Fr. Dajo was held captive, Archbishop Kaigama repeatedly appealed for people to pray for his safe release and for others also held captive.
Delta State, where Issele-Uku is located, is overwhelmingly Christian, but small bands of Muslim militants who hide in the dense bush are an ongoing threat.