Nigeria News [News] Italian Catholic priest kidnapped in Niger Republic Published 2 months ago on September 19, 2018 By Fresh 9ja Father Pierluigi Maccalli, an Italian Catholic Priest who was working as a Missionary in Niger Republic has been kidnapped, a Vatican news agency reported today. The priest of the Society of African Missions (SMA) was abducted overnight, Agenzia Fides reported, quoting another Catholic priest based in Niger, Father Mauro Armanino. Maccalli organised meetings against local practices like circumcision and female genital mutilation, and this “may be one of the reasons for the kidnapping, according to local sources,’’ Fides said. TRENDING: [News] Our victories at this weekend's bye elections has powerfully demonstrated the confidence and trust people have in Buhari - APC A Niger government spokesman, Abdourahamane Zakaria, confirmed the kidnapping of an Italian near the border with Burkina Faso. The Niger Defence Ministry added that the abductee was a priest. Maccalli was based in the Bomoanga parish in the Niamey diocese, Fides said. His mission was in the Gourmance area near the Burkina Faso border, about 125 kilometres from Niamey, it added. The Italian embassy in Niger asked local authorities to give top priority to the case and to avoid “initiatives that may put at risk Father Maccalli,’’ the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. In a second report, Fides said it heard from unnamed SMA sources that the priest was “probably taken across the border’’ to Burkina Faso where jihadist groups have set up bases. TRENDING: [News] Oyo state government releases statement listing the faults of singer Yinka Ayefele's demolished music house Maccalli’s brother Walter, also a missionary priest, told ANSA: “We wish with all our heart that everything will work out for the best. In some cases all you can do is pray and wait with hope’’. There are several Islamist groups in Niger’s border area with Mali and Burkina Faso, some of whom have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Post Views: 1,100 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics: Up Next [News] Police Arrest Street Hawking Kids For Skipping School Don't Miss [News] Lagos State engages 75 legal practitioners in the State public service as court registrars Fresh 9ja You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Trending Nigerian Music14 hours ago FRESH MUSIC: ArtimGee – WHY?