2 priests under Bishop Kukah's diocese kidnapped

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

Bishop Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

Two priests serving in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State have been kidnapped.

The church is under Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese, which covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States.

Two other persons were kidnapped in the early morning attack, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, told Punch.

Omotosho, who is the Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, said no information has been gotten as to the 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.”

On May 14, rampaging hoodlums torched and vandalised some parishes presided over by Kukah in Sokoto following his condemnation of the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu by her Muslim colleagues.

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