Gunmen suspected to be terrorists have kidnapped the parish priest of Saint John’s Catholic Church, Kudenda in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Reverend Father Joseph Aketeh.
The terrorists also killed the priest’s gate man during the attack that occurred at about 1am on Tuesday morning.
Although the state government and police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chancellor of the Catholic Deanery of Kaduna Diocese, Reverend Father Anthony Dodo, told Channels Television that the gunmen invaded the parish house in the early hours of Tuesday and shot the gate man to death, before proceeding to the main building where the priests are living.
He said that the terrorists later broke into one of the rooms where the priest was sleeping, and took him away, while the second priest managed to escape from being abducted.
The chancellor also said that all efforts to reach out to security agencies during the operation were unsuccessful, as he could not get access to the telephone lines of heads of the security agencies by that time of the day.
While lamenting that the latest incident makes it a total of eight Catholic priest that have been kidnapped by bandits in Kaduna Diocese alone, Dodo described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a total failure in securing the lives and property of the citizens.
He, therefore, called on the relevant security agencies to rise up to their responsibilities and ensure that the lives of all citizens are adequately protected.