In the Kauru local government area of Kaduna State, bandits have taken another Catholic priest hostage.
In the wee hours of Monday, July 4, the victim, Reverend Father Emmanuel Silas, was abducted from the parish rectory of Saint Charles Catholic Church, Zambina in Kauru Local Government.
The event happened less than two weeks after Reverend Father Vitus Borogo, the priest in charge of the Catholic community at Kaduna Polytechnic, was assassinated on his farm at Kujama in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Chancellor of Kaduna Kafanchan Catholic Diocese , Reverend Father Emmanuel Okolo, confirmed the incident, saying that they were able to know about the incident when the priest did not show up for the early morning mass on Monday.
He, however, solicits the prayers for the immediate and safe release of the Kidnapped priest, saying that the Kaduna Catholic Community will use all available legal means to ensure the release of the kidnapped Reverend Father.
Fr Okolo was quoted to have said in the statement;
It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. The sad event is believed to have occurred in the early hours of July 04, 2022, when he could not turn up for morning Mass.
He was abducted from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
While we solicit for an intense prayer for his quick and safe release, we equally wish to call on all and sundry to refrain from taking the laws into their hands. We will use every legitimate means to ensure his quick and safe release.
In a similar vein, gunmen have kidnapped two Catholic priests in Edo State.
Police authorities in the state confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday night around Ehor and Iruekpen communities along the Benin-Auchi Expressway.