- Terrorists have kidnapped two priests in Katsina after forcefully gaining entrance into a Catholic church in the state
- Two other young boys on the premises of the church were also taken away by the criminals in the northwest state
- Catholic authorities in the region have confirmed the development, adding that they have no information on the whereabouts of the victims for now
Katsina - Armed bandits early Wednesday, May 24 broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur local government area of Katsina state.
The Punch newspaper reports that the armed hoodlums kidnapped two priests and two others in the church.
The director, social communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development.
He added that no information has been gotten as to the whereabouts of the abductees.
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“As at midnight of today, 25th May 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur local government area of Katsina state.
“The parish priest and his assistant Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, Oliver Okpara, and two boys in the house were kidnapped.
“No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”
Church invaded under Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese
PM News reports that the church is under Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese, which covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi states.
Sokoto has in the past week witnessed a religious uprising due to alleged blasphemy by a Christian lady, Deborah Samuel, who was killed by an irate mob.
2023: Fayemi vows to end insurgency, banditry in Nigeria
Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has promised to bring to bear all the wealth of experience garnered over the years towards the resolution of insurgency and banditry in the country.
Governor Fayemi said he was involved in resolving internecine wars in Siera Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka and he would replicate the same model in Nigeria if elected as president.
The governor made the comment in Kaduna on Thursday, May 19 when he visited the state to seek the support of delegates ahead of the APC presidential primary election.
2023: Tambuwal vows to strengthen Amotekun, set up state police to end insecurity
On his part, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal has revealed that as part of his restructuring plans, he would strengthen the southwest regional security network popularly called Amotekun as well as restructure Nigeria.
The Sokoto state governor made the comment while engaging the party delegates in Osun and Ogun states on Wednesday, May 18.
Governor Tambuwal who spoke at the PDP secretariat in Osogbo said insecurity is a big issue and strengthening Amotekun for proper policing and possible adoption as state police is a major part of his plan.