Hours after being abducted in the southern Nigerian state of Edo, a Catholic priest was discovered dead. Father Christopher Odia, according to a local church official, was kidnapped on Sunday as he was getting ready to go to mass from his residence in Ikabigbo.
According to witnesses, a search group made up of angry villagers and security personnel found his body. It happened less than 24 hours after Father Vitus Borogo, another priest, was killed on his property in northwest Nigeria and three weeks after at least 40 attendees were massacred at a church in southwest Ondo state.
Kidnappings and other deadly forms of violence have been prevalent over much of Nigeria. Criminal gangs are still active, and some of them target clergy members and churches.
Authorities in Zamfara state, in northwestern Nigeria, are advising residents to arm themselves against robbers following a string of attacks. Some Nigerians who reside in other violent states claim they want to sign up for gun permits so they may protect themselves from aggressors.
What do you think can be done to stop these kidnappings and murder in Nigeria, is arming themselves for self-defense the best and only way?
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