Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Katsina

Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Katsina

Gunmen on Wednesday morning invaded one of the parishes presided over by Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah.

Newsmen learnt the gunmen kidnapped two priests and two others in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, located in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Bishop Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States.

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The Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development to reporters on Wednesday morning.

He said the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto is under attack and no information has been received on whereabouts of the abductees.

Omotosho said: “As at midnight of today, 25th May, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State.

“The parish priest and his assistant Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, and Oliver Okpara and two boys in the house were kidnapped.

“No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”

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