A Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna

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A Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna
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A Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna

A priest in the Catholic Church has been kidnapped in Kaduna state.

The Reverent Father named John Shekwolo was abducted by some armed men in in Ankuwa, Kachia Local Government Area of the state, the police stated.

Yakubu Sabo, who is the police spokesperson, made it known that the cleric was kidnapped around 8:00am on Monday when the gunmen stormed his home and took him away to a destination which is still unknown.

He explained that a number of police officers have since been mobilized to the village.

“This is done to search every part of the area to try and rescue the victim and arrest those responsible. The commissioner of police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, made an appeal to the general public to help the police with meaningful information that could help in tackling the nightmare of banditry in the state,” he said.

Earlier, Daniel Kyom, from the Archdiocese of Kaduna, in a statement that was made available to journalists in the state explained that the kidnapped priest was in charge of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Ankwa, very close to Kachia.

“We really regret to announce that one of our own, Rev. Fr. John Bako Shekwolo has been kidnapped by unknown persons.

“As we sincerely ask for the prayers of the faithful of our Archdiocese and beyond the immediate release of Fr. Shekwolo, we appeal to the consciences of those who abducted him to kindly release him unharmed,” he stated.

In states like Kaduna, Katsina and many other states in Nigeria, kidnapping for ransom is on the rise. The victims include clerics across religious divide, business persons, and other residents of the affected states.

 

 

A Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna

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