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Nigerian cardinal survives armed attack

May 03, 2016

Gunmen opened fire on a car in which Nigeria’s leading prelate was riding, but the prelate survived the attack unharmed.

The attack on Cardinal John Onaiyekan took place on April 30 near Ehor, according to the Abuja-based Daily Trust.

The cardinal’s driver told the newspaper that “three men came out of the palm tree plantation by the road side and started shooting at the vehicle … the bullets shattered the left passenger window glass and made huge holes on the panel of the door. We just thank God that nothing happened to the cardinal or any of us in the vehicle.”

“We are using this opportunity to appeal to the president to provide adequate security to the people of Edo State,” said a local prelate, Archbishop Augustine Akubueze. “We need security, and we are demanding that from our government.”


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  • Posted by: cvm46470 - May. 03, 2016 10:42 PM ET USA

    We met this Cardinal at the World Meeting of Families last October. Wonderful, warm priest. Thanking God that he is unharmed, and praying for his continued safety.