- Armed bandits continue to wreak havoc in northern Nigeria with daily kidnappings and killings
- A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Niger state
- His colleague, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the sad announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter
Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
The priest was reportedly killed after he was abducted by the bandits in the north-central state.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter.
The brutal killing of the priest has sparked an outpouring of emotions by Catholic faithful in the state and beyond.
On Twitter, many Nigerians have been sharing their thoughts on the killing and the activities of bandits in northern Nigeria.
Adeyemi Kayode Fabunmi wrote:
“My heart and condolences is with the parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Minna at this moment, may God console them grant the late priest eternal rest. The perpetrators of this dastardly act must be found and prosecuted.”
Government James wrote:
“May the soul of Father John Gbakaan and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in perfect and eternal peace.”
Umar Mudathir wrote:
“So sad. May his soul rest in peace. I keep wondering and asking myself. Is there any relationship between spiritual leaders and these evil men? Why killing them?”
Agapios Theophilus wrote:
“Praying! May he rest in peace, and may those who killed him come to repentance.”
Charles Fayomi wrote:
“This is very sad. Yet, they expect the Kukahs of Nigeria to be silent. Rest in Peace Padre.”
Peter Claver wrote:
“May his soul rest in peace and may his blood bring about the conversation of the perpetrators of this evil act, in Jesus Christ's name. Amen!”
Akwuba Charles wrote:
“God rest his soul and punish the killers.”
Idoko John wrote:
“Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
The incident comes days after armed bandits killed four people in Katarma village, Chikun local government area of Kaduna.
The incident was disclosed in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, January 7 issued by Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs.
Recall that no fewer than 19 people were killed in a two-day attack by bandits in the state recently.
Also, two married women were among an unspecified number of the villagers said to have been kidnapped by the bandits during the coordinated attacks, while nine persons sustained bullet injuries.
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