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Bandits kidnap Catholic priest, kill cook in Kaduna



The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has confirmed the abduction of one of its priests, Joseph Shekari, of St Monica’s Catholic Church, Ikulu Parish.

Ikulu parsh is in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

In a statement on Monday, the chancellor of the diocese, Emmanuel Okolo, said Mr Shekari was kidnapped at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday from his residence.

Mr Okolo solicited prayers for the reverend father, saying that the church would do everything legally possible to secure the priest’s quick and safe release.

“May Jesus crucified on the cross, listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His priest and all others kidnapped,’’ he said.

He, however, cautioned members and residents of the area against taking the laws into their hands following the abduction.

Also confirming the incident to newsmen on Monday, the Paramount Chief of the Chawai Chiefdom, Yahaha Mohammed said, “I am calling on the security agencies to swing into action and ensure the safe returned of the cleric.

“Even though we’re yet to established any contact with the abductors, we’re confident he would return safe and sound.”

His cook that was shot dead was reportedly a student of a Government Secondary School in Kizakoro chiefdom.