Bandits Abduct Catholic Priest In Southern Kaduna

Bandits have abducted a Catholic priest in Kaduna.

Glamtush reports that the priest in charge of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Anchuna village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Father Luka Yakusak, has been abducted.

This online platform learnt that bandits in large numbers were said to have invaded the village on Monday night around 8:00 pm and abducted the priest.

It was gathered that the bandits had invaded the same village, incidentally the hometown of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, in the past where the traditional ruler of the Ikulu Chiefdom, who is Kukah’s brother, was abducted.

Although there is, so far, no official confirmation from either the state government or the state Command of the Nigeria Police, spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, said that the Catholic priest was kidnapped by bandits on Monday at his residence.

He said, “The siege on native communities in Zangon Kataf LGA, is assuming a new dimension with clergy targeted for murder or kidnapped for ransom.

“The kidnap of the Parish Priest of St Matthew’s Catholic Church, Anchuna village, the village home of the outspoken Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah yesterday(Monday)is one more crime that SOKAPU views with a strong suspicion of more grim crime planed against our people. And we warned of dire consequences if this is not immediately checked by the right authority.

“SOKAPU believes that the kidnapping of Fr. Yakusak yesterday in Anchuna, is to send send fears into the heart of the Kukah – erudite civil right champion and strong critic of the misrule of this government into silence. This coming after his junior brother, Agom Ikulu, Chief Yohanna Sidi Kukah, the traditional ruler of Ikulu land was kidnapped in December, 2017.”

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