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Kidnapped Kaduna Catholic Priest Dies In Captivity After 8 Weeks



A Catholic Priest, Joseph Aketeh Bako, who was abducted eight weeks ago from his residence in Kudenda, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state, has died in captivity.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Rev Fr. Christian Okewu Emmanuel.

The late Priest, it will be recalled, was kidnapped by bandits at his residence on March 8, 2022.

But in the statement, it was disclosed that the catholic priest died between April 18 and 20, 2022.

“Fr. Joseph (aged 48) was kidnapped from his residence in St John Catholic Church Kudenda, where he was serving as Parish Priest, on the 8th of March, 2022.”

Adding that, “Fr. Bako was ill before the abduction and his abductors didn’t allow him to go with his drugs.

“His own brother was killed there in his presence and after his brother was killed, his condition worsened and he died.

“We have not recovered his corpse but we have confirmed his death. People who were kidnapped together with him saw him die.”

The statement said the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, has communicated his deepest sympathies to Fr. Bako’s immediate family and the entire Catholic Community of St John Kudenda; and assured them of his fraternal closeness and prayers.