A Kano based Catholic priest has allegedly resigned from priesthood, a year after he was kidnapped.

Rev. Fr. Gospel Inalegwu upon tendering his resignation letter to the Bishop of Kano Diocese, Most Rev. John Niyiring, traveled out of the state with all his belongings.

Speaking with reporters over the incident, Bishop Niyiring said: “Priests do not resign as they do in the public service, but are laicized.”

He also confirmed that Father Inalegwu was no longer available for his pastoral assignments in the diocese, stressing, however, that the only authority that could process the request of a priest wishing to return to a lay status was the Holy Father, the Pope.

Asked if he had tried to talk to the priest, he replied: “Yes I did that. I had some discussions with him to try to persuade him not to do what he is doing. I think he probably wants something else.”

The Bishop went further to debunk insinuations that the priest’s action was informed by his abduction experience, insisting that, “Long before his kidnap saga, he had voiced out his desire to do what he did. And we have a record of that.”

Inalegwu, who was kidnapped at his parish at St Joseph Catholic Church, Jitan-Dutse, in Tudun Wada, Kano state, was ordained in Kano in 2013.

It could be recalled that barely two months ago, a popular Uyo-based Catholic Priest and radio preacher Rev. Fr. Patrick Edet, announced his resignation from the Roman Catholic Church on radio.

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